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Fatality Confirmed in Peacock Gap Condo Fire

Remains discovered almost 12 hours after fire, described as "extremely intense" and "fast-moving," was reported

UPDATE 4:14pm 11/03/11

On November 2, at approximately 11:22 pm the San Rafael Fire Department responded to 123 Knollwood Drive in San Rafael on the report of a structure fire.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on November 3, 2011 firefighters located a deceased individual inside the structure at which time the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division was requested to respond to the scene.

The Coroner Division will be conducting an investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death. Positive identification of the decedent is pending further examination of medical records, dental records and DNA as is common in fire death investigations. This investigation is ongoing and no further information regarding the decedent will be released at this time.

The San Rafael Fire Department and the Marin County Fire Investigation Team are conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the fire.

-- Marin County Sheriff's Office, Coroner Division

ORIGINAL REPORT 5:54am

A three-alarm fire at a San Rafael condominium sent one person to the hospital with smoke inhalation, a San Rafael fire chief said Thursday morning.

The fire was reported just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night and when firefighters arrived to the five-unit condo building at 123 Knollwood Drive they found flames through the roof, Fire Chief Chris Gray said.

One female resident was safely removed from the building and then taken to Marin General Hospital, he said.

The fire was knocked down sometime before 2 a.m. The fire chief described the fire as "fast-moving," and "extremely intense."

About 50 firefighters responded to the blaze.

Residents from two of the condos have been displaced this morning, Gray said.

Firefighters were still at the scene as of 2:30 a.m. to search for occupants who may still be in the building, Gray said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Gray said.

— Bay City News Service

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