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One injured in carport fire

A two-alarm fire broke out Saturday afternoon in a carport in Mountain View, injuring one and damaging 12 vehicles.

At around 4:40 p.m., July 26, Mountain View dispatchers received reports of a car fire in the carport of an apartment complex on the 2000 block of Latham Street. When firefighters arrived at the scene, multiple cars were on fire with heavy flames and smoke, according to a press release from the Mountain View Fire Department.

Fire spokeswoman Jamie Garrett said initially 18 firefighters were on-scene to respond to the blaze, with more joining them. Because of the location of the fire, they had multiple entry points to get in and put out the flame, she said.

Firefighters were able to isolate the fire and keep it from spreading to surrounding businesses and apartments, and extinguished the flames later that evening. One person sustained minor smoke inhalation injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Seven cars were completely destroyed in the fire, and five sustained "mild to moderate" damage, according to the press release.

A nearby apartment and adjacent car wash were also damaged in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Mountain View Fire Department as well as the Mountain View Police Department. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the police department at 650-903-6395 or policepio@mountainview.gov.

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