Firefighters put out fire at downtown Palo Alto office


Palo Alto firefighters knocked down a small fire at an office building in downtown early Sunday morning, according to fire officials.

The fire was first reported to the city at 3:57 a.m. and drew a response from 12 engines and trucks. Firefighters were about able to knock down the fire at 5 a.m., the department reported via Twitter.

The building, located at 285 Hamilton Ave., sustained a small amount of fire damage to the fourth and fifth floors. According to fire officials, the four and fifth floors were being remodeled for a new tenant. City records show that the tenant, Houzz, an Internet-based home-design firm, plans to occupy the building's third through fifth floors.

Fire crews were able to confine the fire to an area of construction material, fire officials said.

The city's Planning and Community Environment Department's Development Center is located on the first floor of the building where the fire occurred.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, fire officials said.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Palo Alto spent several hundred thousand dollars on brand new multi-band portable radios to help our firefighters communicate better. Unfortunately, the radio communications at the scene was horrible. One of the radios squawking ID 5514 had a stuck microphone for most of the incident. This is extremely dangerous in a multistory building fire and needs to get fixed ASAP.

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