Demolition Begins on Pier 29 Facade After Fire

By: Brian Shields - Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:49:10 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- Demolition work on the facade of the fire-damaged Pier 29 in San Francisco could take more than a day.

Workers began using a cherry picker to tear down the remaining parts of the roof and the facade of the historic building which caught on fire Wednesday afternoon.  Traffic is flowing on the Embarcadero but the bicycle lane and the sidewalk in front of the Pier will likely remain blocked into the weekend.

Authorities say the fire caused about $2.4 million in damage.  Arson investigators say it appears the fire started on the east corner of the pier near some old electrical boxes.  While the exact cause remains unknown, the fire is not considered to be suspicious in origin.

The pier was vacant at the time of the fire other than some construction workers who were inside.  Authorities aren't ready to say if those workers had anything to do with how the fire began.

Previous tenants had already moved out of Pier 29 in anticipation of work leading to the start of next year's America's Cup races.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for the latest on this developing story.

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