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Breaking News: Fire in Jesse Peter Museum

A fire broke out Oct. 25 in Santa Rosa Junior College's Jesse Peter Museum.

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A fire broke out Oct. 25 in Santa Rosa Junior College's Jesse Peter Museum.

James Wyatt and Beatriz Verneaux

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An accidental fire in Santa Rosa Junior College’s Jesse Peter Museum today resulted in minor damage to the building and damaged sections of the Dia de los Muertos altar displays. No injuries were reported.

The Santa Rosa Fire Department is currently investigating the fire’s cause, which is believed to have originated from old lithium batteries.

The museum’s fire suppression system contained the fire before there was any damage to the permanent collection, which includes $2 million in artifacts and art from around the world, and the second largest Pomo Indian basket collection in the country behind the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

Staff and students are not allowed access until SRFD evaluates the building for damage.

 

 

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