Grass fire near Facebook in Menlo Park contained

Fire is near the western end of the Dumbarton Bridge; University Avenue closed to traffic

Firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District battled a grass fire late Monday afternoon and early evening that engaged between 10 acres and 20 acres of a wildlife preserve at University Avenue and Bayfront Expressway, near the western end of the Dumbarton Bridge and across the expressway from Facebook headquarters, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

The flames reached 20 feet at one point.

"It was pretty dramatic for a period of time," Schapelhouman said. "It must have been a pretty good show for (Facebook) employees to watch."

Homeless people were seen running from the area, and police interviewed them Monday night. They are "a strong suspect" in the analysis of the cause of the fire, the chief said.

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Dave Boyce


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