A Stanford resident moving into an apartment on Saturday started a fire after the moving box he left on a stove ignited, Palo Alto Battalion Chief Niles Broussard said.
Fire personnel responded to the reported kitchen fire on the Stanford University campus at Dudley Lane on July 14 at 4:30 p.m.
The resident was moving into the second-story apartment unit and had set a moving box on top of the stove. The stove accidentally was turned on and ignited the box. The resident attempted to extinguish the fire but was forced to evacuate the unit due to smoke and heat. The fire activated two sprinkler heads, which controlled the fire until the arrival of Palo Alto Fire Engine 6.
Minor fire damage occurred to the apartment, but extensive water damage impacted an additional 11 units. There were no injuries,and displaced residents were relocated with the assistance of the Stanford Housing Department.
No cost estimate for the damage has been determined, Broussard said.
The response included Palo Alto Fire Engines 6, 2, 1, Rescue-2, Truck-6, Medic 2 and Palo Alto Battalion Chief -6.