A structure fire caused by a microwave in a home just outside of Atherton caused an estimated $50,000 in damage Saturday, Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials said today.
A resident in the single-story, single-family, 1960s-era home at 2000 Stockbridge Ave. called at 10:42 a.m. Saturday, July 18, to report that a microwave in the kitchen was on fire, according to fire officials.
Firefighters found smoke coming from the front door that was visible in windows and called for additional support.
The fire in the 1,600-square-foot structure was knocked down shortly before 11 a.m. with no injuries reported, fire officials said.
Although fire officials know that the fire started with the microwave, the exact cause remains under investigation. The resident told investigators the microwave had last been used about five hours before the fire began.