Fire damage minimal, but several floors below got everything soaked by the sprinkler systems.
With the Cannery Row hotel filled to capacity, the Cherry’s Jubilee car show in full swing for the weekend, and a beer fest under way on the hotel’s lower terrace, a fire started in the penthouse of the westernmost building of the hotel complex about 3:21 p.m., and forced the evacuation.
According to Monterey Fire Capt. Barry Perkins, who arrived first on the scene, the fire started in a flue in the mechanical room on the five-story building’s penthouse level.
Who remembers the real fires in old cannery buildings?