Six-alarm Redwood City fire under control

Firefighters have controlled a six-alarm fire at a machine shop in Redwood City this morning that spread to four nearby buildings and displaced 17 residents, a fire marshal said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 894 Douglas Ave. at about 5:50 a.m., according to a San Mateo County fire dispatcher.

FMW Machine Shop is located at that address.

Firefighters contained the fire as of about 9:15 a.m. and had it under control by 10:30 a.m., Redwood City Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said.

Before firefighters could contain the massive blaze, it spread to a nearby apartment building, causing "significant" damage, Palisi said.

The displaced residents who lived in the building are receiving aid from the American Red Cross, he said.

No injuries were reported, according to Palisi.

Damage to the machine shop was extensive, including the collapse of the building's roof, Palisi said.

The fire also spread to three nearby industrial businesses, he said.

All streets within a one-block radius of the fire remained closed to traffic late this morning, city spokeswoman Sheri Costa-Batis said.

The San Mateo County Health System advised residents to stay indoors during the blaze to avoid exposure to smoke.

An inspector from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has also been at the scene of the fire for most of the morning to monitor the air quality in the area, district spokesman Tom Flannigan said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by TooManyFires
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jan 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Why have there been so many industrial fires in Redwood City?

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Posted by wp
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:31 am

Industrial fires?

How about the two apartment buildings completely GUTTED in the last year?

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

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This is what happens when buildings do not have fire sprinklers. Someday local governments will wise up and require sprinklers in all buildings and homes.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm

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they already have. As of 2013 the California Building code requires sprinkler in all residences. Commercial buildings have required them for quite awhile, but for a long time it was dependent on size and use. The building that burned in RC yesterday was pretty old and probably didn't require sprinklers when constructed. As things go forward more and more buildings will end up retrofitting sprinkler systems as they change hands or uses and building permits are issued for work to be done on them. Part of the permitting process is going to require sprinkler installation. In residential remodeling triggers the requirement for sprinklers depending on the amount of construction being done.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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In my opinion sprinklers should be mandatory for all buildings having human occupancy regardless of when those structures were built. It will be costly to retrofit existing structures but that is simply the price of saving lives.

Others will certainly disagree.

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Posted by Dgkasmauskas
a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2014 at 6:46 am

What a shame. All these years of opportunity to install fire sprinklers. Short sightedness.

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