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Menlo Park: Burn victim at Oak Grove Avenue apartment fire

 

One person was injured and is being cared for by medics as a result of a structure fire at a first-floor apartment in a two-story complex at 445 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

The fire, called in shortly after 3 p.m. today (Dec. 7), was knocked down by about 3:25 p.m. and was expected to be under control shortly thereafter, the chief said.

Oak Grove Avenue was closed to traffic between Laurel and Alma streets.

As a one-alarm fire, the response included the crews of four fire engines and a ladder truck, and one battalion chief.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but the signs are of a kitchen fire, the chief said. Kitchen fires are the most common cause of fires at home, he said. "People don't always pay attention," he said. They may leave the kitchen to go to the bathroom or get into a distracting conversation, he said.

Fire investigators are on the scene.

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Dave Boyce

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