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


Subject :

House Fire at 1563 El Camino Real
Contact : Roger Bloom, Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Department    (650) 329-2515
Palo Alto, CA -- The Palo Alto Fire Department responded to a report of a computer on fire and smoke in the home at 1563 El Camino Real. Fire crews (E6) arrived on scene and were met with heavy smoke showing from the exterior. Fire attack crews made entry through the front door and encountered zero visibility due to the heavy smoke. After ventilation and coordination with the Truck Company, attack crews discovered and extinguished a fire in a bedroom.

The fire was limited to the bedroom of origin; however, there was significant smoke damage throughout the home. The amount of damage is estimated at nearly $250,000 and the probable cause is an unattended candle. The fire was discovered and called in by a tenant in the rear cottage, who was alerted by smoke alarms. No injuries were reported and the occupants were not home at the time of the fire.