Family flees Palo Alto house fire

Father who awakened to smoke saved family

A fire that broke out at a Palo Alto home awakened a father and forced the family to flee early Tuesday morning, fire officials said.

The Palo Alto Fire Department received a call at 5:36 a.m. and responded with four engines, two trucks and a medic ambulance to find the fire at the back of the home, Battalion Chief Bobby Davis said. The fire was in a two-story addition attached to a one-story home.

The family was sleeping when the father woke up and smelled burning plastic. The family was alerted by their smoke detectors, and four people evacuated, Davis said. No one was injured.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze and were on scene for an hour and 20 minutes, Davis said.

"The home has pretty significant damage," he said.

There was substantial fire damage to the rear of the structure in the family room, kitchen and hallway, with heavy smoke damage throughout the home, he said in a later press release.

Inspectors are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

The residents were allowed in to remove some belongings, Davis said. Fire inspectors were on scene at 8:30 a.m. to evaluate the home for structural damage.

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Posted by Theresa
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 6, 2015 at 10:58 am

I hope everyone is OK and that the damage is minimal. I was awakened by the sirens and the general hullabaloo and was wondering what was happening.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 6, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Check the Cable box. I had my surge from a faulty city wire and I smelt burning was a bad city cable that caused my cable box to melt!

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Posted by where the is smoke?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Did the smoke alarms go off?

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Posted by Josef Stalin
a resident of another community
on Jan 7, 2015 at 11:52 am

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