Warehouse fire controlled; no injuries reported


====I By Bay City News Service

A paint storage facility near Redwood City was destroyed by a two-alarm fire early this morning (June 29) but no one was injured, a fire official said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 341 Berkshire Ave. in North Fair Oaks just after 1:30 a.m. and found the 3,500-square-foot structure engulfed in flames, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

Initial reports that an employee was inside the building were inaccurate and firefighters have since searched the premises and found no one, Schapelhouman said.

The blaze was controlled by 4 a.m. No other structures were damaged.

Crews had cleared the area and a street sweeper was cleaning the nearby roads as of 9 a.m., Schapelhouman said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though Schapelhouman said the blaze does not appear to be suspicious.

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Posted by pleased
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jun 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Good stop by both Menlo FF & RWC crews. No injuries, no rescue's.
Good stuff ! It is good that they are there & not downsized when you need them. Public Safety needs to be protected from all of the crazyness of budget cuts, having said that, pension reform needs to be revisited as well and a workable solution needs to be found.

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Posted by Inevitable
a resident of another community
on Jun 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Can't comment until Peter Carpenter weighs in with expert opinion and commentary.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

The great news is that the Redwood City and MPFPD firefighters operated as a single team - exactly as planned. All of the fire departments in San Mateo operate without geographical boundaries and the auto-aid system dispatches the next and nearest unit(s) whenever required. In this case BC1, BC3, E1, E3, E4, E5, E11, PT1 all responded.

The bad news is that while operationally we have a county wide fire service we still pay for 14 different overhead structures, multiple training facilities and other unnecessary duplication. If all of the administrative organizations were consolidated we could save a lot of money and have even better service including a superb training facility and an ambulance service which is fully integrated into the fire agency. From an operational standpoint we would be upsizing rather than downsizing.

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Posted by Question
a resident of another community
on Jun 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Peter: What does the BC, E and PT stand for? Are these all units with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District?

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

BC1 = Battalion Chief from Menlo Park Fire Protection District
BC3 = Batallion Chief from Redwood City Fire Department
E1 = engine from MPFPD
E3 = engine from Redwood City
E4 = engine from MPFPD
E5 = engine from MPFPD
E11 = engine from Redwood City
PT1 = I believe that this is a 'tiller ladder truck' from Redwood City

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