“The exhibit used cooking pots with heating elements attached for their display,” Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Battalion Chief Jack Neiman-Kimel said. “It appears the pot was left on and when the water evaporated the pots melted and caught fire.”
The blaze was contained to the exhibit, which was located in the A building. A sprinkler helped control the fire until firefighters were able to extinguish flames. The fire charred the nearby walls and the building had smoke and water throughout, according to Neiman-Kimel.