Fairmeadow neighborhood fire injures one

Kitchen fire was caused by melted object on the stove

A fire at a home on Starr King Circle caused minor damage and a minor injury to one resident Tuesday morning (Aug. 2), Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard said.

The blaze broke out about 10:30 a.m. in the kitchen of an Eichler home in the 3700 block of Starr King Circle near Alma Street and Charleston Road. An object left on the stove melted and caught fire, Woodard said. Three engines, one truck and a medical unit arrived at the scene.

Two occupants tried to fight the fire and were successful with getting the kitchen blaze under control, but the fire spread into the roof area. The fire was confined to the kitchen area and roof, according to Woodard. One occupant received minor burns but did not require hospital treatment, he said.

Firefighters cut a hole into the roof and took out a vent; the fire was extinguished in about two minutes after the first engine company arrived, he said. The value of the damage has not yet been determined, he said.

It is unknown if the occupants can return to the home at this time.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Quick response by the fire dept and the city council wants to cut staffing and/or close a fire station.

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Posted by Jake
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I saw Servpro responded quickly. Is Servpro a good company?

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Posted by experienced
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

don't know if they are good or not. Usually your insurance company has a list of recommended professionals for fire and smoke clean up.
Smoke is worse than fire--permeates everything, especially in an Eichler with wood paneling and tongue-in-groove ceiling boards. All fabric in the house can absorb smoke odor--upholstery, carpet, clothing in closet, etc. Depends how much smoke was generated by the fire.
There can be NO fire and still extensive smoke damage from something left on the stove and melting/charring down.

Thanks PAFD for quick action.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2011 at 7:33 am

Lucky. Eichlers burn quickly.

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