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Downtown fire forces out four businesses

Original post made on Jun 17, 2010

An attic fire at the corner of Evelyn Street and Santa Cruz avenues at around 5:10 p.m. today (June 16) triggered the interior sprinkler system and saved the one-story building, but water damage will force its inhabitants -- Posh Bagels, Cafe Silan, The Book Rack and the shoe store Calla Kicks -- to find another home. ==B Photo:== An employee at Cafe Silan wipes up after water from the sprinkler system put out an attic fire and caused extensive water damage. ==I Photo by Dave Boyce/The Almanac.==

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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

This is definitely the city manager's fault or at least those darn union employees in the fire department, right?

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 17, 2010 at 11:29 am

It is important to note that the water damage was not caused by the sprinkler system. The fire was in the attic space and apparently caused by substandard venting for the pizza oven. The vent also was placed in such a way as to, improperly, shield the sensor in the fire sprinkler. As a result the fire sprinkler did not activate until the fire in this confined space had both gotten quite hot and also spread around the backside of the vent to where the sprinkler was located. Before the sprinkler was activated the fire melted a joint in the regular water distribution system and it was that water which did the water damage. Once activated the fire sprinkler did its job as designed and suppressed the fire. The fire sprinkler activation also prevented a potentially deadly roof collapse given the bridge truss construction used in this ceiling and roof structure. The fire sprinkler was promptly deactivated once the firefighters were on the scene. As noted, the water damage was caused by a fire induced breach in the regular water distribution system.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm


How do you get this information?! I'm amazed at how much you know so quickly.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I simply asked the Fire Chief - because I knew that the sprinkler system would not cause any significant water damage.

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Posted by Posh Bagel
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Jun 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

What ever the cause we sure hope the Posh Bagel gets back on its feet quickly! We will miss not only the bagels, but the great people who run the place!

Best to all of the business owners/workers.

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Posted by inspection?
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

How is it that there could be substandard venting? Doesn't the city or fire department or both inspect such things as part of the building permit process? This makes no sense to me.

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Posted by lon time resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm

It is possible that Cafe Silan's pizza oven was added after they opened without a permit.

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