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East Palo Alto apartment fire displaces 21

Four units are damaged and uninhabitable

A two-alarm fire left four apartment units uninhabitable at a building in East Palo Alto this morning and displaced at 21 people, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District chief said.

The fire was reported at 11:01 a.m. at the Woodland Park Apartments at 1928 Cooley Ave., Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

Fire crews responded and had the blaze out in about 20 minutes.

A third-floor unit was destroyed in the fire, while smoke damage left the unit across from it uninhabitable. First- and second-floor units directly below the one that caught fire had water damage and residents were displaced there too, Schapelhouman said.

He said employees at the apartment complex are coordinating with a moving company to relocate the residents -- 12 were adults and nine

were children -- to vacant apartments elsewhere in the complex so they won't have to find other housing.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Schapelhouman said.

The fire did an estimated $70,000 in damage to the structure, and about $12,500 worth of contents was lost in the blaze, firefighters said.

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