‘Total loss’: Blaze at Fairfax dry cleaners guts building

Frefighters put water on a structure fire which broke out at 101 Bolinas Rd. in Fairfax Calif. on Tuesday night, October 12, 2021. (facebook.com/rossvalleyfire)

[marinij.com – 2021.10.13] A two-alarm fire gutted a dry cleaning business in a historic building in downtown Fairfax on Tuesday. The blaze at the French Laundry Cleaners at 101 Bolinas Road was reported around 11:39 p.m., according to the Marin County Fire Department.

The fire, which started across the street from a fire station, involved about 30 firefighters, Marin County fire Battalion Chief Todd Overshiner said. A crew remained on scene Wednesday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“It’s a total loss for the structure,” Overshiner said. The building, considered historic with old construction, partially collapsed.

The dry cleaner sat close to other buildings and trees. Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to multiple structures.

The business license is currently held by Ki Hyung Oh, according to Fairfax Administrative Assistant Susan Waters. Hyung Oh could not be reached for comment.

Residents sent messages of support to the business owner on social media as the Ross Valley Fire Department shared updates on firefighters’ progress and damage to the building.

“So, so sad,” Fairfax resident Kirstin Asher said. “They’re such a hard working family who have served Fairfax consistently and with graciousness for so many years. They never once said no to donating to school auctions what little they could.”

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