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Firefighters control house fire on Willow Road in Menlo Park

Original post made on Mar 6, 2012

Firefighters brought a house fire under control this morning at 52 Willow Road, between Middlefield Road and Alma Street in Menlo Park. Neighbors reported hearing a big boom, like an explosion, and when they looked outside, they saw flames leaping from the front left corner of house.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 11:45 AM

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Posted by Middlefield fire station
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

How wonderful that there is still a firestation close by on Middlefield. What would be the added response time if it were closed?


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Posted by Fire expert
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

The added response time would have been 1 minute or less. Engine 6 responded from downtown along with the middlefield crew. If the station were to be closed and relocated to flood park at Bay road, it would have added only 1 minute. Unbelievable to people who aren't familiar with fire protection strategy but a palo alto fire engine also responded, which would have put enough trucks on scene to competently control the situation. Also a redwood city battalion chief responded and a redwood city fire engine. This means the only gap of time that would have occurred would be 1 minute. Engine 6 from downtown also arrived only 23 seconds after the middlefield station's trucks, meaning there would be virtually no difference in response time. Hopefully I've answered your question.


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