A two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in East Palo Alto displaced 21 residents Thursday (Dec. 8) firefighters said.
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District responded at around 11 a.m. to the Royal Oaks Apartment Complex at 1928 Cooley Ave. on a report of a fire.
The fire broke out in a unit on the third floor of the three-story, 70-unit building.
Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 20 minutes.
The apartment where the fire started sustained fire damage, two units sustained water damage and one sustained smoke damage, firefighters said.
The unit where the fire broke out was not occupied when the blaze started, and there were no reported injuries.
Of the 21 displaced residents, 12 were adults and nine were children.
Investigators determined the fire started in the living room of one of the units and was likely caused by a faulty extension cord,
The fire did an estimated $70,000 in damage to the structure; loss of contents is estimated at $12,500, firefighters said.
The displaced residents were relocated to other apartments in the complex.