Trash fire spreads to fence and garage

Fire under control in 5-6 minutes, says battlion chief

A trash fire spread to a fence and damaged the siding and roof of a garage of a residence at 700 Roble Ave. in Menlo Park tonight (May 31), but was quickly extinguished by firefighters with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the Redwood City Fire Department.

Firefighters got the call at 8:25 p.m. and the fire was put down in five to six minutes, said Battalion Chief Mike Shaffer of the Menlo Park fire district.

"It was pretty straightforward," Mr. Shaffer said. "We got a good early call on it so it didn't have a chance to spread."

Three engine companies and a truck company responded to the fire.

The damage was estimated at less than $15,000.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 31, 2010 at 9:34 pm

A large ladder truck from Redwood City also responded.

Looked like much ado about nothing, however.

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

Does this mean someone was burning their trash outdoors? Or that the trash caught fire by accident?

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Perhaps an expert will soon tell us that a fire sprinkler in the yard would have made the damages less.

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Posted by Observer2
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm

It was put out quick,yes, but it was a serious looking fire. Quite the plume of smoke and quite a lot of flames. The side of the garage was completely gone this morning!

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