A home that burned to the ground earlier this week was apparently the center of a landlord/tenant dispute.
The two-alarm blaze that gutted a plush home on 7 Sea View Avenue (near the Mission Avenue intersection) early Tuesday morning amid unusual circumstances is under investigation, the Marin Independent Journal reports.
A couple renting out the four-bedroom, 3,900-square-foot home for $10,000 a month had just found themselves on the losing end of a legal dispute with the landlord and were scheduled for eviction, the report said.
The dispute between Fletcher Carson and Benita Price-Carson was over gardening and landscaping issues and circumstances surrounding property owner John Lindenmeyer entering the property, according to the report.
Investigators located the couple on Tuesday at an out-of-county resort, according the report. Their car was not in the driveway when firefighters arrived on the scene.
Fletcher Carson met with investigators on Wednesday. He told the Independent Journal later in the day that he'd lost 30 years worth of personal property in the fire.
The blaze was reported around 2:30 a.m., according to San Rafael fire Battalion Chief Jeff Rowan.
When firefighters arrived at the home, they found heavy flames coming from the second floor, Rowan said.
No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries to firefighters were reported, according to Rowan.
Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control shortly before 4 a.m., Rowan said.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.