Two-alarm fire destroys Palo Alto home

Blaze on Curtner Avenue causes estimated $750,000 in damages

A fire destroyed a home in Palo Alto Saturday morning (April 16), displacing three people, Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard said.

The blaze started in the attic of the two-bedroom-plus-one-studio, single-family home at 388 Curtner Ave. and was reported to the fire department at 5:23 a.m.

"It was probably electrical," he said.

The two-alarm fire took about an hour to put out, but no one was injured. The fire caused an estimated $750,000 in damage.

"It's a total loss," Woodard said.


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Posted by Another homeless family
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 17, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Another family that becomes homeless. It is hard to find an apartment that fast. Most people who live on Curtner, are low income and have children, and for these reasons, they have hard time finding affordable home. The landlord has insurance but does not cover the lost of property of the people who rents the apartment.

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Posted by renters insurance
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm

When I rented an apartment, I always bought renters insurance. Any company that sells homeowners insurance should also sell renters insurance. It is inexpensive and helps you after many different kinds of losses. Don't know if this family had it or not, but others really need to think about these kinds of things.

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Posted by How can we help?
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

Does anyone have a donation station set up for clothes, toiletries and maybe books for kids, etc. for this family? And looking forward, how about a spare lamp or two, a rug, things to at least start to make a home for them again? It would be great if the Weekly could check to see what they need and post a little blurb on how we all can pitch in.

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Posted by lola
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Do the kids attend Barron park elementary school? Hopefully they will do a fund raiser for them. Sad to have this happen. Glad no one got hurt.

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Posted by Mayfield Child
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 21, 2011 at 1:27 am

I am so glad to see that there are some good heartfelt people here on this venue...

Hopefully this family now has knowledge of our local RED CROSS which should help them find immediate temporary housing, etc. I wonder if someone in the fire dept. suggests such things at the time of the disaster..? (Hard enough to be fighting the fire but the extra effort means a lot to the people right at that moment....)
The emotional trauma of watching your house burn down must be horrible. Thankfully no one was injured.

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Posted by Jake
a resident of another community
on Apr 21, 2011 at 9:35 am

Yes, thankfully none of the residents were injured and their home was saved. There were several firefighters who suffered injuries when electric wires fell on them inside the structure.

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