Along the Marathon route, an awning caught fire and a light pole began to smoke

Flaming awning in Brookline

Maggie Hoffman reports the awning at a mattress store on Beacon Street, across from Winchester Street in Brookline, burst into flames shortly before 12:30 p.m., but was quickly put out.

Small fire along Marathon route in Brookline

Earlier, around 11:45 a.m., police had to move people away from a light pole outside the Prudential Center, 888 Boylston St., in the Back Bay, when it began arcing and smoking. The problem was an electrical malfunction.

Neither incident required any interruption of the race.

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So sad about Notre-Dame. :(

I feel like there is a history of bad sh*t happening on Patriot's Day. If I recall correctly, the inferno at Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing, a bad earthquake in California and of course the Boston marathon bombings all happened on Patriot's Day. Seeing footage of the fire today made me sad.

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