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Firefighters gain upper hand on 6-alarm apartment building fire

Original post made on Oct 17, 2013

A six-alarm fire at a Redwood City apartment building has been contained this morning but firefighters are still working to control the blaze, a fire marshal said. Four people have been injured.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Oct 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

Wow ... second big apartment fire in that area this year. There was another big fire a couple blocks from there a few months ago. I hope the damage and injury is minimized.

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Posted by fire fighting
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Wow. Just blocks away. Anyone know the cause of the big one a couple months ago?

Had to be something strange. No way a whole concrete 'frame' building goes up like that!

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Posted by Melanie
a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Supposedly the fire a few months ago was started by a guy who was fixing dinner in his apartment. He had been drinking and passed out while the stove was on. That caused the fire and that resident unfortunately died in his apartment. The old building with no sprinklers caused back drafts to happen when the residents opened doors because of the smoke detectors. It is very odd that there were 2 major fires within blocks of each other this close.

I made sure to thank the firefighters today as I passed them on Woodside Road. They are rarely thanked and often criticized because they didn't respond fast enough or take the right course of action. Just like 3 months ago, stations from the peninsula came to Redwood City to help out. Thank them for all they do!

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

This fire WAS preventable:
"I guarantee if this building had been sprinklered this wouldn't have happened," Redwood City Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said.

The best fire protection is prevention not suppression.

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Posted by gina
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Oct 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm

The other major apartment building fire couple months ago on woodside road I heard was reported as a kitchen fire. Cause of this fire at the Terrace Apartment if they rule out arson, my money would be someone smoking in bed. sad thing in both cases no sprinklers were required at the times these apartment building were built. If the Terrace Apartment owner chooses to rebuild they will be required to have sprinklers now.

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Posted by Jon
a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

I'm glad my friend are safe who lived in the top floor directly across from where this fire started. They had to climb down the balcony to escape for their lives. Thankfully they are safe but lost everything they own. I was there a few months ago when the fire happened up the road. That fire burned what seemed like forever. It seems like deja vu in the worst way.

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Posted by Kaz
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm

No mention of efforts to help all the people misplaced by this fire??

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Posted by Colleen Anderson
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

Benefit tonight to help the Woodside Road fire victims. 40.00 per person It's called The Haunting at the Union Cemetery on Woodside Road
My husband Grant works at Terrace Associates Realty. I am hoping we will be able to attend this event. Please tell everyone you know. The fire victims need our help and support

Here is the link. Grant and I are planning on going.
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