Mountain View Voice

For the Record - August 20, 2010

Fire briefs

Unwatched pot sparks fire

An unattended pot of oil on a stove caught fire and spread in an apartment in the 900 block of Mariner Drive on Aug. 12, sometime around 8:30 p.m., the Mountain View Fire Department said.

Neighbors, who called the fire department after discovering the fire, battled the flames with fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived, said fire department spokeswoman Jaime Garrett.

The neighbors' efforts helped prevent the fire from spreading as extensively as it might have, she said.

"The residents were lucky," Garrett said.

The fire caused smoke and heat damage on the first floor of the apartment and smoke damage on the second floor, she said. The two residents of the apartment were unharmed but displaced by the blaze, and were provided shelter by the Red Cross.

—Nick Veronin

Rose Market roof catches fire

A fire on the roof of the Rose Market was extinguished quickly by fire crews shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11, the Mountain View Fire Department said. No injuries were reported.

The market and its adjoining restaurant — located at 1060 Castro St. — were temporarily closed, said fire department spokeswoman Jaime Garrett, but a county health inspector determined that the store could reopen. The cooking area will be closed temporarily.

Garrett said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

—Nick Veronin

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