Fire on roof of Woodside Bakery extinguished by alert nearby employees


Quick action on the part of employees at the Woodside Tennis Shop and the office of Dave Tanner's home design and remodeling business put out a small roof fire at the Woodside Bakery shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Sparks from the stovepipe of the Bakery's pizza oven got through a spark arrester and landed on what is an old shake roof and ignited a shake, Mr. Tanner said.

The fire was fought from the roof. Julian Fernandez of the tennis shop vaulted up by way of standing on a fountain, Mr. Tanner said. Octavio Lopez and Josue Patricio, both of Mr. Tanner's office, climbed up a permanently installed ladder at the back of the building. The three had a fire extinguisher from Mr. Tanner's office and used it to put out the fire

Though the fire was out, through a group effort, a hose was strung across the parking lot from the Emily Joubert garden center and the water used to hose down the roof after the fire was out, Mr. Tanner said. There were no injuries, he said

Battalion Chief Rob Lindner of the Woodside Fire Protection District confirmed Mr. Tanner's account. The incident lasted about an hour, he said. The businesses were all evacuated, but there was no damage to any of business, he said.

The fire didn't penetrate the roof, Mr. Tanner said.

Firefighters were on the roof to make sure the fire was out, Mr. Lindner said.

Dave Boyce


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Posted by Water
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2015 at 3:48 pm

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What a relief it was put out so fast! Great job by those employees. Nevertheless, I'm glad that the fire dept is so close by.

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Posted by Fire
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm

An excellent job by some alert and fearless "volunteer firefighters!" Well done! This may be a wake-up call for those with unrated and/or old wood shake roofs, to consider replacing them with at least a Class B if not a Class A roofing product. For more info please see Web Link and Web Link

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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 26, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Thanks & congratulatons to Tanner, Patricio, Lopez & Fernandez for quick action! Definitely time for roof upgrades & spark arrestor inspections, especially in a serious drought. Who owns that building?

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