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Crews contain house fire in Atherton

Original post made on Jun 14, 2013

A fire on Thursday in the 100 block of Almendral Avenue in Atherton damaged a pool house, a storage shed, a carport-like shed and about 25 percent of the main house, a firefighter said.

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Posted by Billy mac
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 14, 2013 at 9:32 am

Thank God for those brave firefighters, that neighborhood could have lost 10 homes.

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Posted by Ray Ruggs
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

"..that neighborhood could have lost 10 homes."

Drive down the street. Large lots, well irrigated (never a drought in A-town!) There was zero chance of any sort of 'firestorm' taking multiple homes.

Your hyperbole is duly noted. Reality notes that Engine 3 was about 900 meters away from the fire - Station 3 is literally a block away at 32 Almendral.

Brave first responders? Yes. Well trained, equipped and well distributed resources? Ding, ding, and ding.

Talk of closing houses or engine companies (talking to you, shallow alto) is folly.

Peter: your turn. Any word on cause and why it became involved so fast (for a carport)?

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

The point is the fire department responded quickly and quickly put the fie out. Yes well trained and well equipped. What did you think you were paying for.

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Posted by First-hand Report
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm

This is not the place to debate the merits of our public servants, but we were eye witnesses to excellence in action. We live close behind the house that had the fire yesterday and I can tell you my heart was pounding when I looked out a back window and saw a HUGE smoky fireball licking above the tops of 100-foot-tall Redwoods that separate them from us. This was way more than a "little shed on fire"! Shades of San Bruno - I thought a gas main had burst again. Within a half hour of the time the sirens started, the smoke diminished and it was over. With the stiff afternoon "sea-breeze" at the time, yes there could have been more homes involved. These fellows earned their keep right then and there.

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