A fire completely destroyed a home at 1200 Bear Gulch Road in Woodside Saturday, June 2, despite efforts by six fire agencies.
Within minutes of report of the structural fire at 1:15 p.m., a second alarm was issued, calling in help from fire agencies in Woodside, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Mateo County and San Carlos, as well as air support from Cal Fire.
"I could see a column of smoke from the station," said Battalion Chief Kevin Butler, who issued the second alarm before heading out.
"The house was built into the side of a hill," he said. With heavy winds at the ridgeline, the fire was running uphill, catching nearby vegetation and canopy, he added.
Seventy-one personnel and 27 fire units were engaged in fighting the fire, which was under control by 3:56 p.m., Butler said.
The homeowners were not at home at the time of the fire, and no one was hurt. One firefighter was taken to the hospital and treated for heat exhaustion, but returned to duty later in the day, he said.
The biggest challenges in fighting the fire was its location -- rural, on a one-lane road -- and access to water, Butler said. Hoses were hooked up to hydrants above the house.
Embers were carried by the wind, causing spot fires, he said, so fire crews will remain on the scene through Monday morning.
Cause of the fire is under investigation, Ghiorso said.
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