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Updated: 05/29/2018 04:27:45PM

Boardwalk Blaze

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A portion of the Service Club boardwalk with picnic areas went up in flames early Sunday morning. The boardwalk restoration was almost complete, but was still closed to the public at the time of the fire.

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The aftermath of a burnt Service Club boardwalk on Monday morning. Investigators say a warming fire spread due to high winds.

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Venice firefighters responded to a quarter-acre brush fire at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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Here's what the Service Club boardwalk looked like last summer. A fire destroyed a portion of it over the weekend, while it was still under reconstruction.

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The aftermath of a burnt Service Club Park boardwalk north of the Venice pier in March.

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The aftermath of a burnt Service Club boardwalk north of the Venice pier in March.

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The aftermath of a burnt Service Club boardwalk north of the Venice pier in March.

By GREG GILES

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Authorities are saying Sunday morning’s Service Club Park fire in Venice was unintentional.

Venice Fire Marshal Jack Stevenson investigated the blaze at the beachfront park and said it was the unintended consequence of a warming fire, as temperatures had dropped Saturday night, according to a city-issued press release.

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