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House fire displaces family, forces evacuations in Palo Alto

Blaze destroys building, cause under investigation

A midday blaze that burned a two-story home on Tuesday forced a family of four to flee the building and caused police to evacuate surrounding residences in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood, Battalion Chief Ryan Stoddard said.

Palo Alto Fire Department responded to the blaze in the 2400 block of Bryant Street near Oregon Expressway at about 12:20 p.m. after a report of a fire that started on the first floor. Flames quickly spread to the home's exterior, into the second floor and in the attic, Stoddard said.

Palo Alto police also evacuated residents from three homes — on either side and behind the burning building, according to Stoddard. No one was injured.

The firefighters knocked down and contained the blaze in about 15 to 20 minutes, then spent hours tearing out walls and ceilings to extinguish hidden flames. Heat from the blaze also caused small propane tanks used for barbecuing to release gas, catch fire and shoot flames, he said. Crews were able to eventually extinguish them.

Officers closed southbound Bryant Street at Oregon Expressway and Bryant at Colorado Avenue to traffic, according to fire dispatch communications.

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Palo Alto fire crews were able to contain the two-alarm blaze with assistance from Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara County firefighters. In all, three battalion chiefs, four engines, three trucks, one ambulance team and breathing apparatus were brought on scene, he said.

Investigators suspect the fire started in a back corner of the living room, Stoddard said. An investigation is still ongoing into the cause of the blaze.

Stoddard said the home is uninhabitable and displaced two parents and two teenage children, who planned to stay with family or friends. He did not have a cost estimate on the damage.

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House fire displaces family, forces evacuations in Palo Alto

Blaze destroys building, cause under investigation

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 6:32 pm

A midday blaze that burned a two-story home on Tuesday forced a family of four to flee the building and caused police to evacuate surrounding residences in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood, Battalion Chief Ryan Stoddard said.

Palo Alto Fire Department responded to the blaze in the 2400 block of Bryant Street near Oregon Expressway at about 12:20 p.m. after a report of a fire that started on the first floor. Flames quickly spread to the home's exterior, into the second floor and in the attic, Stoddard said.

Palo Alto police also evacuated residents from three homes — on either side and behind the burning building, according to Stoddard. No one was injured.

The firefighters knocked down and contained the blaze in about 15 to 20 minutes, then spent hours tearing out walls and ceilings to extinguish hidden flames. Heat from the blaze also caused small propane tanks used for barbecuing to release gas, catch fire and shoot flames, he said. Crews were able to eventually extinguish them.

Officers closed southbound Bryant Street at Oregon Expressway and Bryant at Colorado Avenue to traffic, according to fire dispatch communications.

Palo Alto fire crews were able to contain the two-alarm blaze with assistance from Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara County firefighters. In all, three battalion chiefs, four engines, three trucks, one ambulance team and breathing apparatus were brought on scene, he said.

Investigators suspect the fire started in a back corner of the living room, Stoddard said. An investigation is still ongoing into the cause of the blaze.

Stoddard said the home is uninhabitable and displaced two parents and two teenage children, who planned to stay with family or friends. He did not have a cost estimate on the damage.

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Lindsay Joye
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Ventura
on Sep 16, 2020 at 1:26 pm
Lindsay Joye, Ventura
Registered user
on Sep 16, 2020 at 1:26 pm
2 people like this

I am so sorry to hear about this fire!

What a difficult time to lose your home, and likely with little notice to grab important items.

If there is an opportunity to help this displaced family I hope we'll be notified.


Rebecca Eisenberg
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Sep 16, 2020 at 3:43 pm
Rebecca Eisenberg, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Sep 16, 2020 at 3:43 pm
3 people like this

I agree with Lyndsay. There is terrible news. We live just a couple blocks away and would be happy to help. I also can provide a safe, loving temporary home for any pets if helpful, and can lend a laptop, cooking equipment, household supplies, etc. Family: if you see this, please feel free to reach out for any reason. I know that there are many others in our community who share this interest in helping you out in any way we/they can.


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