Dramatic testimony opens Walgreens-fire trial

Store clerk was first told of fire by his girlfiend outside

The trial of Donald Ray Williams, charged with setting the fire that destroyed the Walgreens building in downtown Palo Alto in 2007, began Wednesday in federal court in San Jose with dramatic testimony from a store clerk and one of the first firefighters on the scene.

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Posted by YouShouldGo
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 17, 2009 at 10:06 am

That was a neat old building. I am really sad it's gone. Another little piece of Palo Alto History gone. I hope they don't build some modern day ugly monstrosity in its place. Maybe a cool retro building like what was there, similar to what they built on Waverly with those cool new homes made to look vintage.

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Posted by YouShouldKNOW
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 17, 2009 at 10:09 am

Haha, just saw I couldn't even type my own name right. I'm tired and have to be someplace ten minutes ago. Freudian slip anyone?

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Posted by Tobar
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I think Mr. Perkins and the ex girlfriend should be called heros because they saved people lifes. I wish my kids can meet Mr. Perkins because he did the right thing.

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Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2009 at 10:10 am

FYI. If there was a medical call in Stations #3 distric during this time. Which would take Engine 1 out of service to act as a paramedic unit. The First due engine would be out of service, the second due engine #3 would also be out of service.

The next due engines would be from Stanford Station #6 and East Meadow Station #4.

You would have a huge delay. 2 medical calls in the city at one time , and the place falls apart.

Those are the woes you will hear about later, maybe?

Just like the boat, you see it,paid for it. JUST DO NOT TRY AND USE IT.

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 18, 2009 at 1:25 pm


Your wrong again. Menlo Park E-1 and E-6 would response. E-1 would only be our of service if there was 2 medical calls in the city at once. You should know that -you know everything about what is happening in the city.

Fireman- your funny!

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