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


Subject :

Neighbors report seeing smoke coming from home across the street
Contact : Doug Conn, Battalion Chief    650-329-2615
Palo Alto, CA -- At 1:50 PM yesterday, Palo Alto Fire crews were dispatched to a residence in the 3300 block of Kipling Street, where a fellow resident reported that they saw smoke coming from a neighbor's roof.

The first arriving engine reported that there was smoke showing from the roof and attic. Crews had to cut open the roof and pull the ceiling down in the Dining room to make access to the attic where the fire was located. The fire was extinguished quickly, with final control coming 40 minutes after fire crews arrived. There was significant damage to the home. Palo Alto's Building Inspection and Fire Prevention crews were reviewing the scene to determine the cause of the fire. The preliminary investigation points to electrical wiring in the attic as the cause.

The 1st alarm assignment consisted of E4, E3, E5, E2, T6, M2, and B6. The Palo Alto Police department assisted with traffic control in the area and Palo Alto Utilities Department responded to secure the power and gas for the residence. The Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the resident.

Smoke detectors played an important role in the early notification to homeowner that there was a fire in her home. The Fire Department would like to remind all City residents that they should test their smoke detectors monthly and change their batteries annually. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years.

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