News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0110201402
Subject :

Fire at Residence on Embarcadero Road; Two Bodies Located Inside
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Firefighters battling an early-evening fire tonight at a residence on Embarcadero Road discovered two bodies inside.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

On Friday, January 10, 2014, at about 7:16 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from a person who reported seeing flames coming from a home in the 900 block of Embarcadero Road.  Personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department and officers from the Palo Alto Police Department responded immediately, and saw flames and smoke inside the home upon arrival.  Firefighters made entry into the home and were able to get the blaze controlled after about 10 minutes, and in so doing, prevented the fire from spreading or damaging any additional residences.  Firefighters discovered two bodies inside the home.

An initial investigation by firefighters seems to indicate the fire may have started in the kitchen, but personnel will not be able to confirm that until after a full investigation is complete.  The Santa Clara County Arson Task Force will be performing a joint investigation alongside investigators from the Palo Alto Police Department and the Palo Alto Fire Department into the cause and origin of the fire.  This is a routine investigative strategy following a fatal house fire.  That joint investigation is likely to begin on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

The first-alarm assignment from the Palo Alto Fire Department included Engine 3, Engine 4, Engine 2, Engine 6, Truck 6, Medic 1, and Battalion 6 (for a total of 19 fire personnel).

No information about the identities of the decedents will be released by the Palo Alto Police Department.  All inquiries about their identities can be directed to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.