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East Palo Alto apartment fire displaces 11 residents

Four units are damaged and uninhabitable

A two-alarm fire left four apartment units uninhabitable in East Palo Alto on Thursday morning (Dec. 8) and displaced at least 11 people, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District chief said.

The fire was reported at 11:01 a.m. at the Woodland Park Apartments at 1928 Cooley Ave., Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

Fire crews responded and had the blaze out in about 20 minutes.

A third-floor unit was destroyed in the fire, while smoke damage left the unit across from it uninhabitable. First- and second-floor units directly below the one that caught fire had water damage and residents were displaced there too, Chief Schapelhouman said.

He said employees at the apartment complex are coordinating with a moving company to relocate the residents to vacant apartments elsewhere in the complex so they won't have to find other housing.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Chief Schapelhouman said.

– Bay City News Service

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