On Thursday, November 3 at 3:46 p.m., Mountain View Communications received a phone call from a fire alarm company reporting a fire was coming from an apartment in a multi-family residence in the 1900 block of Latham Street. The occupants of the apartment self-evacuated before firefighters arrived.
Units were dispatched at 3:47 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 3:51 p.m. Units arrived to find property management employees had used two fire extinguishers in an attempt to extinguish a kitchen fire caused by a cooking error.
Firefighters opened up the kitchen ceiling and walls to confirm there was no fire extension into the building. Firefighters also performed overhaul of the structure by removing salvageable items. The Mountain View Police Department closed traffic in both directions of Latham Street while units and equipment were on the scene.
The affected residents declined assistance from the American Red Cross for housing. The residents received a $250 gift card from the California Professional Firefighters Union Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency Program. Traffic was reopened in both directions of Latham Street.
The fire was extinguished with no injuries. The fire cause was determined to be accidental due to unattended cooking, which ignited the contents in a pot on the stove. The estimated damage to the contents and structure is $20,000. The building was turned over to facilities maintenance for continued repairs to the apartment.