A kitchen fire that started in a two-story apartment at Arbor Real in Palo Alto was kept from turning into a structure fire after alert citizens called the Palo Alto Fire Department.
Firefighters arrived with multiple vehicles to find light smoke and evidence of a small kitchen fire that had been isolated to the cook top and hood area above the stove top, Battalion Chief Niles Broussard stated in a press release. Crews quickly conducted a search to establish that no occupants were inside before putting out the fire. A fire investigator is looking into the cause, he said.
The fire at Arbor Real is in a higher-density, $1-million-plus housing development with narrow streets, townhouses and some single-family homes.
"This situation had a decent outcome. This situation demonstrated how alert citizens can make a difference. We as first responders appreciate the public's assistance, especially when they report emergencies in a timely manner. The alert citizens truly made a difference in this case," Broussard said.
Thursday's incident was the second time this week that alert citizens helped prevent a disaster. On Wednesday a person reported five fires in Palo Alto's wildlands at Pearson Arastradero Preserve, and the blazes were limited to 4 acres and contained within two hours.
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