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Suspicious fire destroys pond viewing platform

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From page A2 | April 24, 2014 |

A suspected arson fire this morning destroyed a North Davis Pond viewing platform named in honor of a late Davis mayor and citizen-activist.

Davis Fire Department Division Chief Paul Swanson said the fire was reported at 5:37 a.m. at the Julie Partansky Wildlife Area. It was under control within a half-hour, but crews still remained on the scene several hours later as they conducted an investigation into the blaze.

The reporting party, who lives across the pond from the platform, said flames shot above the tree line as the platform burned, Fire Marshal Tim Annis said.

According to Annis, the platform, which underwent $30,000 in improvements just last year, will cost an estimated $150,000 to replace. No injuries were reported.

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  • Rich RifkinApril 24, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Wow, this is terribly sad news. That platform was closed for a long time and it is used extensively by people visiting the two ponds.

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  • Sarah MayhewApril 24, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    This is just awful! I hope if they find who ever set the fire, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent! So many people enjoy viewing birds from the platform or just sitting out in the quiet place reading. And even worse that it had been closed so long for repairs and had just undergone improvements. I'm just sick about this.

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  • April 24, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Any connection between this fire and the one in Central Park that destroyed the circular bench? Just wondering.

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  • Lauren KeeneApril 24, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Excellent question - I'll be sure to ask about that.

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  • mick finnApril 24, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    I would be happy to contribute to a $5-10,000 reward leading to the conviction of this moron who set such a fire. we need to prosecute for damages and set an example.

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  • Rich RifkinApril 24, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    When I read this account I assumed that the damage extended to where the wooden walkway abuts the paved greenbelt. However, I spoke with a friend this evening who told me that it did not get that far; that the damage was on the east end of the walkway, but he said it was hard to see the burned part from the greenbelt. He told me the overhead sign which reads "Julie Partansky Pond" and the ground level photo-sign which friends of the erstwhile mayor helped put up were not damaged. ............ A small aside: I got the idea for the Terminal Hotel photo sign at 2nd & G--next to the Chen Building--from the Partansky photo sign. As a result, I feel a bond with that tribute to Julie, and I recommend everyone check it out, and of course check out the tribute we put up in honor of quondam Terminal Hotel.

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