Quick response stops school fire from spreading


Ginger Brudos, a former Las Lomitas PTA president, took these pictures Saturday night of a fire in a compost pile at La Entrada School, 2200 Sharon Road in Menlo Park.

She said she was in the area and stopped when she saw smoke coming from the school.

The compost pile is in the garden adjacent to a classroom, where her son is a student. (Ms. Brudos' son and her daughter, a La Entrada graduate, were with her when they spotted the smoke.)

"A dog walker was already on the scene repeatedly filling a bucket from a hose and then carrying it some distance to douse the flames," she said in an email. "A few minutes after we arrived, a fire truck came.

"The firefighter pictured, Mr. Montalvo, is married to a current La Entrada teacher. We are grateful for their quick response and the heroic actions of the dog walker so that the damage to our school was minimized."

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