March 28 update: Fire investigators have determined the blaze started on the stovetop in the home's kitchen where flames first spread to the cabinets, but the cause remains under investigation, according to Palo Alto Fire Department Deputy Chief Catherine Capriles.
The blaze resulted in an estimated $1 million in damage to the home, which displaced the residents who found their own living accommodations after the fire and didn't need help from the American Red Cross, she said.
Palo Alto firefighters contained a two-alarm fire that started in the kitchen and extended into the attic of an Old Palo Alto home on Sunday.
The fire department reported "smoke and fire from the attic area upon arrival" at the 355 Seale Ave. home around 11:30 a.m. on its Twitter page. Crews were working to "ventilate and extinguish" the fire, the department tweeted. (Watch a video of firefighters arriving on scene.)
The fire was contained shortly after noon, Palo Alto Fire Department Deputy Chief Catherine Capriles said.
There was no one home at the time the fire started and no injuries were reported, according to Capriles. The house was locked so firefighters had to force their way in, Bay City News Service reported.
After they contained the fire, crews were working to salvage the resident's property and conduct a fire investigation, the fire department tweeted.
The cause of the fire is not yet known; an investigator was on scene on Sunday, Capriles said.
Crews continued search efforts on Sunday afternoon to make sure the fire didn't spread elsewhere in the home, which is old with laths and plaster, as well as a basement, Capriles said. The house also has a tile roof, which the fire department said is "very difficult to ventilate. The "extra weight on the roof add to the concern/complexity of the fire," the department tweeted.
The Mountain View Fire Department, Santa Clara County Fire Department as well as Palo Alto police and Utilities provided backup on Sunday morning, the fire department said.
Fire Associates, a volunteer group that provides "canteen and rehab support during major emergency incidents" also responded shortly after noon for "much-needed firefighter rehab and logistics support," the fire department said.
For more videos of Sunday's fire, go to the Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online YouTube channel.