On Wednesday, May 11 at 9:50 a.m., Mountain View Communications received a phone call reporting a stove fire in an apartment in a multi-family residence in the 600 block of Sylvan Avenue. The occupants of the apartment and the neighboring apartments self-evacuated before firefighters arrived.
Units were dispatched at 9:51 a.m. and arrived on the scene at 9:56 a.m. They encountered smoke coming from the kitchen of a second-floor apartment in a two-story apartment building. The fire was extinguished by a neighbor utilizing a dry-chemical extinguisher. Firefighters further doused the area with a water extinguisher to ensure there was complete extinguishment.
Firefighters entered the attic to confirm no further fire extension into the building, and performed an extensive overhaul of the affected unit by opening the walls and ceiling. Traffic was closed in both directions of Sylvan Avenue.
The “all clear” was given at 10:08 a.m., meaning everyone was accounted for and the fire was completely extinguished. The resident declined assistance from the American Red Cross. The resident and two small children made arrangements to stay locally with family. Through a partnership with the California Fire Foundation, the resident was given a $250 gift card donation to purchase necessities. Traffic was reopened to both directions of Sylvan Avenue.
The fire was extinguished with no injuries. The estimated damage to the contents and structure is $10,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.