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Fire extinguished at three-unit apartment building

Smoke, flames seen from second floor

Residents of a two-story apartment building in Palo Alto's Ventura neighborhood have been displaced by a fire that broke out Friday afternoon, a deputy fire chief said.

Crews responded to a fire in the 400 block of Wilton Avenue near El Camino Real around 4 p.m., Deputy Fire Chief Catherine Capriles said.

Initial reports indicated the structure was three stories, but Capriles later clarified the the building had only two floors.

It appeared the fire started in the kitchen on the upper floor, which was made of one unit, while the ground floor had two, Capriles said.

The fire left extensive damage to the kitchen, Battalion Chief Bobby Davis said. It's possible the top floor and one of the ground-floor units sustained smoke damage, he said.

One ground-floor tenant who was home when the fire broke out was able to safely evacuate, according to Davis. The other residents weren't home at the time.

The blaze was briefly upgraded to a second-alarm response, but quickly canceled shortly before 4:30 p.m., when the fire was knocked down, Capriles said.

The American Red Cross was called to assist all the residents of the building who were displaced by the fire, according to Capriles.

No injuries were reported, she said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wilton Avenue was closed in the area and estimated to reopen around 6 p.m., Davis said.

Mountain View fire crews also responded to the fire, according to Davis.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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1 person likes this
Posted by M. Driscoll
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm

This the second such fire in a relatively short time frame. The last one (about 2-3 weeks ago) also involved a kitchen fire (due to an unattended stove with hot oil). It also occurred in the Ventura neighborhood.

If I was the landlord, I would evict both these tenants for negligence.

Fortunately no one was hurt.

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 14, 2017 at 3:29 am

How can you write that without knowing nothing about what happened? ? It was not the tenants, it was the dishwasher.

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