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Fire Burns Seal Beach Pier

A fire burned Friday morning at Ruby’s Diner at the end of the Seal Beach Pier.

The fire started around 7:35 a.m. inside the restaurant, and firefighters were pumping water through standpipes at the end of the pier in hopes of containing the fire inside the restaurant, but it spread to below the pier, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

“The fire is intensifying,” Concialdi said just before 8 a.m. “The restaurant was vacant.”

The flames below the pier were “well-involved” 15 minutes later.

Two OC Sheriff’s Department fire boats, as well as another  from Long Beach Fire Department responded to assist from the ocean.

About 55 firefighters from OCFA, Long Beach and Huntington Beach fire departments responded.

It’s unclear what started the fire.

Officials were working on intensifying the water pressure to the end of the pier around 8:15 a.m. by pumping water to two additional standpipe lines.