On Monday, November 21 at 3:32 p.m., Mountain View Communications received a phone call reporting smoke and a fire alarm coming from an apartment in a multi-family residence in the 900 block of Rich Avenue. The resident was not home at the time, and the occupants of the surrounding apartments self-evacuated before firefighters arrived.
Units were dispatched at 3:32 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 3:37 p.m. Units arrived to find an active kitchen fire caused by a cooking appliance. Firefighters initiated a fire attack with water lines pre-connected to the fire engine and extinguished the flames before they could spread to other apartments in the building. Simultaneously, firefighters cut a hole in the roof above the kitchen to ventilate the heat, gas and smoke from the apartment.
Firefighters opened the walls to confirm there was no fire extension into the building. The Mountain View Police Department closed traffic in both directions of Rich Avenue while units and equipment were on the scene.
The affected resident received a $250 gift card from the California Professional Firefighters Union Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency Program. Property management of the building helped the resident secure a hotel room for the night. Traffic was reopened in both directions of Rich Avenue.
The fire was extinguished with no injuries. The fire cause was determined to be accidental due to boxes left on top of a hot cooking surface. The estimated damage to the contents and structure is $100,000. The building was turned over to facilities maintenance for continued repairs to the apartment.