Ms. Enea said the house most recently sold for $2.2 million. An investigation into the fire's cause is ongoing, but it appears to have started outside, she said. A neighbor, awake around 2 a.m. and tending a baby, smelled smoke, heard the crackle of a fire and called 911, Ms. Enea said.
The 2,500-square-foot house — which was fully aflame and had probably been burning for at least an hour before firefighters were called in — is surrounded by tall redwood trees, many of which burned, but not severely enough to imperil their survival, Ms. Enea said. It was a one-alarm fire, she said.
Redwood duff on the ground burned, as did a wooden deck and the house's cedar shingles. The shingles "escalated the fire and actually increased the damage to the house because (the house) wasn't ignition-resistant at all," she said.
Along with the Woodside fire district were firefighters from Menlo Park, Redwood City, and San Mateo County. Engine 58 from the Sky Londa station about a mile away was first on the scene, she said.
Deputies from the Sheriff's Office kept Skyline Boulevard closed until 6 or 6:30 a.m., Ms. Enea said.
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