On Tuesday, November 8 at 10:32 p.m., Mountain View Communications received a phone call from an alarm company reporting a fire in an apartment in a multi-family residence in the 1500 block of West El Camino Real. The occupants of the apartment and the neighboring apartments self-evacuated before firefighters arrived.
Units were dispatched at 10:32 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 10:40 p.m. Units arrived to find a sprinkler system activated on the third floor of a three-story residence due to a heater fire. The ensuing heat from the fire rose to a level causing the sprinklers to activate.
Firefighters discontinued the water flow from the sprinklers, confirmed there was no fire extension into the building, and performed an overhaul of the structure. Firefighters began salvage operations to remove water from three affected units that suffered water damage. Traffic remained open in both directions of West El Camino Real.
Property management relocated three residents to other units in the building and a hotel. Firefighters replaced the sprinkler head and reactivated the water supply to the sprinkler system before leaving the scene.
The fire was extinguished with no injuries. The fire cause was determined to be an overheated wall-mounted heater. The estimated damage to the contents and structure is $40,000. The building was turned over to facilities maintenance for continued repairs to the apartments.