11/11/2012 Fire Department Press Release

Mountain View Fire Department  
1000 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Ph. (650) 903-6365          Fax (650) 903-6122

Subject :

2 Alarm Fire - 722 Sonia Way
Contact : Jaime Garrett


At 3:30 a.m. Mountain View Dispatchers received a call from the resident of 722 Sonia Way stating that their home was on fire.  The resident was advised to evacuate the residence and the Fire Department arrived on scene at 3:35 a.m. to find the home fully engulfed with flames showing.  Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and the fire was knocked out at 3:56 a.m.

The resident who was displaced by the fire is being assisted by the Red Cross and there were no injuries reported during this incident.  An exact cause and origin is still under investigation and there is no damage estimate at this time.  The Mountain View Fire Department was assisted on scene by the Mountain View Police Department, Palo Alto Fire Department, Moffett Field Fire Department, and the Santa Clara County Fire Associates. 

The fire department encourages all residents to be careful while using heating sources during cold weather.  The following are safety tips from the NFPA about how to be safe and warm this winter season.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

For more information about ways to keep your home fire safe, visit www.nfpa.org.