Firefighters knock down fire near Portola Valley


A small carport with unoccupied living quarters above it at 230 Old Spanish Trail in Los Trancos Woods is now uninhabitable and a total loss after a two-alarm fire destroyed it Sunday morning, Aug. 31, firefighters said.

Investigators are estimating a $200,000 loss, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside Fire Protection District told the Almanac. Since there had been recent activity on the scene involving house coatings such as finishing oils, investigators are looking at spontaneous combustion as a possible cause, Chief Ghiorso said.

There were no injuries.

Firefighters got the 911 call at Station 8 on Portola Road near Alpine Road in Portola Valley shortly after 6:30 a.m. Sunday and arrived on the scene about 10 minutes later to find the carport enveloped in heavy black smoke, Chief Ghiorso said.

The main residence is 50 feet from the carport and was undamaged, firefighters said. The fire did not ignite any vegetation.

Helping Woodside firefighters fight the fire were crews from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the Redwood City and South County fire departments, Chief Ghiorso said.

With about 24 firefighters, six trucks and two battalion chiefs on the scene, they had the fire knocked down by 8 a.m. and returned periodically until about noon to check for re-ignition, the chief said.

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