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Fire at SLAC?

Original post made by TV News, Adobe-Meadows, on Jun 26, 2014

TV news report a fire at SLAC so bad to divert traffic from highway 280 last night.

In the light of recent reports of explosions on the Stanford Campus and lack of good reporting about this fire, can we be sure that there are no connections between the explosive sounds heard by those living near the campus and the "top secret" goings on at SLAC. Or am I wrong about SLAC not doing Government business?

It is time to find out more about what is really going on and why?

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Posted by Ask The Man
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 26, 2014 at 10:45 am

The man who currently is in charge of operations at SLAC is very secretive--also not a US citizen. Someone should interview HIM


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Posted by Harold Schapelhouman, Fire Chief
a resident of another community
on Jun 26, 2014 at 11:28 am

There was a minor fire at the Stanford Linear Accelerator last night. The incident came in before 10 pm as a fire alarm activation in Sector 26, almost directly below Highway 280. An electrical switching cabinet appears to be the cause but is under investigation.

The smoke did not close Highway 280 but was reported by passersby. The first arriving Fire crew filled out the assignment to a first alarm and staged a second alarm at the front gate on Sandhill as a precaution. Working closely with SLAC personnel the area was isolated, de-energized and fire crews quickly extinguished the fire with on-site carbon dioxide carts.

There never was a hazard to the general public, no one was injured and the fire was out within 45 minutes. Our agency provides service to SLAC. The frequency of all incidents has been going down and this is a very well run and managed facility.

I am unfamiliar with what goes on at the Stanford University Campus but I would be interested in anyone willing to come forward and contact our agency about issues at the SLAC campus if there are any because our experience is there is nothing out of the ordinary going on at SLAC. Our friends in the media sometimes get things wrong because everyone seems to be in a hurry to beat each other with breaking the story these days. The coverage was not completely correct about Highway 280 being closed as well as several other details about this fire that were slightly off.

It's important to me and our agency that we not imply there is a risk to the community where we see little or no risk. Bad things can and do happen, accidents occur and things fail but from our standpoint this was a significant but minor isolated event.

Harold Schapelhouman, Fire Chief
Menlo Park Fire Protection District


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Posted by PA resident
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm


Thank You Harold Schapelhouman.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Wasn't this the first major event at SLAC since Menlo Park took over coverage of the facility from Palo Alto? When Palo Alto Fire was providing fire service for SLAC, they staffed Station 7 on-site 24 hours a day. SLAC decided they didn't need full time coverage and went with Menlo Park to save money. Station 7 at SLAC was closed.

Menlo Park initially only dispatched Engine 6 (out of district and located on Oak Grove near El Camino). Menlo didn't fill out the first alarm until Engine 6 got to the front gate at SLAC and met with security. Once they realized what they had, they called for a full first alarm. The second alarm pulled in resources from outside the area, so a lot of other agencies heard that call and thought things were serious. It didn't really help that the decision on closing 280 was muddled. Other agencies wanted to use 280 to access the site, but agencies needed to commit to either 280 or local roads because there are so few freeway ramps in the area.

Glad nobody was hurt and I'm sure they'll have a better plan next time. Maybe closing Station 7 wasn't such a great idea?


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Posted by New news
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Just heard from a neighbor who is a SLAC employee that all employees have been given an indeterminate amount of time off due to the fire damage. SLAC is absolutely closed for the time-being.


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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm

News news - that's not true. People are working even though they cannot use the linear accelerator, etc.


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