Firefighters knock out College Terrace fire

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that began in a back room of a house on the 2100 block of Princeton Street after it spread into the attic late Friday night, Nov. 15.

Firefighters were dispatched to the house at 10:56 p.m. after a neighbor called in to report seeing flames coming from the back of the house.

Firefighters had the one-alarm flame under control within 35 minutes of arriving, according to a fire department press release. Although the fire in the back room of house was quickly controlled, firefighters had to cut into the roof and pull down the ceilings to access the attic, where the fire had spread.

There was significant damage to the home, and the Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the resident, the release stated.

The fire department warned that incidents like Friday's fire could be helped by having working fire alarm and cautioned residents to change the batteries every year and replace them after 10 years.


Posted by Chulo, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

"There was significant damage to the home, and the Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the resident, the release stated."

The Red Corss, really?

Posted by Marty, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Chulo: What is your comment about? Why wouldn't the Red Cross be there to help? That is what their mission is. The residents are suddenly without a place to stay. In a caring society we try to help each other. I donate to the Red Cross precisely so they will help such people on my behalf.

Posted by Chulo, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Marty: The lady that lives there drives a new Audi and her son drives a $50k ranch truck EVERY DAY. I don't think they really need the Red Cross' help.

NOTE: Red Cross is corrupt. Find somewhere else to donate: Web Link

Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Red Cross support does not necessarily mean monetary support. They can help the resident find a place to stay for the night, help negotiate a lower rent, provide a list of resources for clean up services, mental health support, etc.

What a person drives has no bearing on the impact that may affect that individual after a house fire. Could have a million bucks in the bank, but if they are confused, have no local family resources, unsure of what to do --- the Red Cross can help on any of those fronts.

Posted by Neighbor, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Yes the Red Cross is an amazing organization (thank you, Crescent Park Dad and Marty). My father was a WWII POW and he said the Red Cross is who came through for them.

Posted by close it, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Nov 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

Close another fire station!

They too big of a waste of money!


thank you, firefighters.

Posted by Margit, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Thank you Palo Alto Fire Department! While we all work hard to prevent house fires, it is so reassuring to know that we have a great Fire Department to respond when the need arises!

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