Mountain View Voice

News - September 17, 2010

Fire briefs

Fire displaces eight

A fire damaged all four units in an apartment complex on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12. The fire started just before 5 p.m. in the kitchen of one of the apartments and spread to a concealed wall space, said Mountain View fire spokeswoman Jaime Garret. No injuries were reported.

Eight residents of the complex, located in the 100 block of N. Rengstorff Avenue, were displaced by the fire, Garret said. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

In a press release, Garret wrote that it is important for people to make sure they have working smoke detectors installed in their homes. "Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in U.S. home fires, and having working smoke alarms cuts the risk of dying in a reported fire in half," she said.

—Nick Veronin

Balcony damaged in fire

A balcony was damaged but no injuries were reported after a fire broke out at an apartment in the 100 block of Calderon Avenue early Thursday morning, Sept. 9, said Jaime Garret, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Fire Department.

Dispatchers received a call reporting the fire at 3:34 a.m. Residents of the apartment and police battled the blaze on the balcony of the second-floor unit with pots of water and fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived, Garret said. Damage did not reach very far beyond the balcony entrance to the unit.

"The early intervention of the resident and the police officers who arrived prior to the fire department was critical in helping to contain the fire and preventing it from spreading into the apartment," Garret said.

No residents were displaced by the fire, she said.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, she said.

—Nick Veronin

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