Three-alarm fire destroys Gladys Ave. homes

A three-alarm fire Tuesday morning on the first block of Gladys Avenue destroyed a vehicle and one unit of a four-plex and damaged the other three units, fire officials said.

The Mountain View Fire Department received several calls shortly after 10 a.m. from neighbors of the building, located at 55 Gladys Ave., and firefighters from Mountain View, Santa Clara County and Palo Alto arrived quickly.

The blaze had started in the carport of one unit, but soon spread, according to fire spokesman Lynn Brown. The resident of that unit told fire officials that he had put gas in the carburetor of his car and was letting the vehicle run, Brown said.

As a result, "Somehow something hot came in contact with combustible materials," Brown said. He said the fire was accidental.

Firefighters were able to control the blaze by 10:45 a.m., and at noon they were examining the still-smoldering ruins. No serious injuries were reported; one resident suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Brown said the fire destroyed the car and the unit where it started, and caused damage to a second unit, two other cars and a motorcycle. The last two units in the four-plex suffered smoke damage.

"It pretty much trashed one apartment," Brown said.

Damage is estimated at more than $100,000. Red Cross volunteers have responded to provide shelter for the residents of the four-plex.

— Casey Weiss


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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Heard nine sirens all told... was every last one necessary?

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Posted by Bruno
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Yeah, I hate it when my neighbors house burns down and there's all these sirens. I'm trying to sleep over here!

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Posted by chuck
a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Jes'Sayin', did you used to live in Palo Alto? You sure sound like a Palo Alto resident with a complaint like that.... 3 alarms and you expect just the first responding unit to use their siren?? Just turn the TV up next time.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Bruno & Jes'Saying' -- get a life! You guys have too much time on your hands to be complaining about trivial stuff. Maybe you should be doing something more constructive than counting how many sirens or go turn up your ipods or thought of getting earplugs?

We are residents of that whole complex and were trying to help extinguish it before the firefighters got there. Maybe you'll appreciate the Fire PD, etc... more when it happens to your house!!

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Posted by Nicky S
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 9, 2009 at 9:32 pm

As a former resident of that complex, and someone who is a friend of the owner of 55 Gladys, my heart goes out to him and his neighbors. I am very relieved that no one was injured, and want to say thanks to those neighbors who were trying to fight the fire, and to the fire department. It is a lovely complex and I hope that the units can be repaired quickly.

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Posted by Mr. Nice
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:46 am

M V fire Dep. did an EXCELLENT JOB of quickly putting out fire and mopping up afterwards. I can't believe that people have the nerve to bitch about the sirens. I feel very secure and protected living in my home town of Mountain View...........

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Posted by Ms.
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Ditto & THANK YOU Mr. Nice for your candor of what I was really thinking of those whiners!

We are very fortunate that we live quite near the Mtn. View Fire Dept. Their and other Fire Depts' actions were not only professional, but EXEMPLARY!! Hats off to them. I just wish I thought to give them more than the bag of Costco chips we had.

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Posted by Bruno
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm

The problem with a text comment is that it's sometimes harder to read into sarcasm.

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Posted by Ms.
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Well if you already know that then why even post it at all? Or you can ** it with ;-) or j/k. You seem like you're text savvy... although maybe I'm giving you too much credit!

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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Odd that you give someone that seems to completely agree with you such unwarranted flak, Ms.

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a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 10, 2009 at 10:30 pm

As a child I think it is HILARIOUS that adults are even talking about this.

I live in the complex and I feel horrible that this happened AND this is coming from a 12-year old... So you guys need to grow up, step up to the plate, and act like respectable citizens of the Mountain View community!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Mr Nice
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm

What kind of IDIOT complains about sirens that are comming to the aid of their neighboorhood, I'll tell you a DAMN FOOL. You know who you are FOOL.

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