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University Ave. apartment complex on fire

Original post made by Anon. on May 31, 2010

I just drove back from downtown and there is a huge plume of smoke and trees on fire on or near University. It looks terrible. Does anyone have any more information?

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Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on May 31, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I think it was right on University near or just east of Middlefield. I can smell it and see it clear over near Eleanor Park. I think it is being put out now appears to be less smoke.


Posted by University resident, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 31, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Yep, it is two doors down from us. Pretty big and the entire roof has gone but the fire department got there quickly and seem to be getting it under control. I was told that it started out as a kitchen fire.


Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on May 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm

It looked terrifying. I always just feel terrible when I think of coming home and seeing a crowd around my house and all my belongings and stuff gone ... what a horrendous experience that would be. Let's hope it's just "stuff" as George Carlin would say, and that there are no casualties and everyone is OK.

University Resident, do you know the address or what kind of building it was. When I looked on Google Maps they are all screwed up oddly enough. I wonder if they scramble the maps when there is an emergency ... not the maps, the street view. I thought it was around Seneca on University?


Posted by University resident, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 31, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Its between Guinda and Seneca on University, one of the apartment buildings (not the big complex on the corner with Seneca).


Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on May 31, 2010 at 9:14 pm

That sounds about the right location, I had to detour around Seneca going right at University about half an hour or so ago and the big evergreen green was flaming at the top and sparking off to the left.

Glad you were not affected, though I imagine many were. What a shame. What a crummy way to have your day ruined. I hope they at least stopped if before it did too much damage.


Posted by Thanks, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 31, 2010 at 9:20 pm

And I was slamming my windows shut because I thought someone was using their fireplace. Thanks for the info.


Posted by qq, a resident of Barron Park
on May 31, 2010 at 9:29 pm

It's 841 University, and some surrounding trees. Roof is all collapsed, PAFD, MVFD, MPFD are still fighting the fire.


Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on May 31, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Think Google is back to normal ... maybe my browser was confused?

Web Link


Posted by Patrick, a resident of Barron Park
on May 31, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Does anyone know the status on this now? I'm out of town right now and live at the next apartment complex over-- wanna make sure home is still there when I get back.


Posted by University resident, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Fire trucks are still outside and still a fair amount of activity but the fire seems to be gone now. Don't know which side you live in but the people in the building between us and the fire were let back in some time ago.


Posted by report, a resident of Downtown North
on May 31, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Report: Web Link


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