Mountain View Voice

News - July 29, 2011

Four people displaced in apartment fire

by Nick Veronin

A two-alarm fire displaced residents of two apartments in a Mountain View complex Tuesday night, emergency officials said.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported at 10:05 p.m. on July 26 at the Barkley Square apartments, located in the 1300 block of Montecito Avenue, according to Jaime Garrett, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Fire Department.

Firefighters from the Moffett Fire Department and the Palo Alto Fire Department helped combat the fire, which was extinguished around 11 p.m., Garrett said. The displaced residents — a father, mother and child, and a single man — have been provided temporary housing by the Red Cross.

The fire started on the second floor of the two-story complex, in the family's unit, Garrett said. It then spread into the space inside the roof, known as the soffit. The family's apartment sustained fire, smoke and water damage.

Firefighters had to hack their way through the ceiling of the single man's apartment to battle the flames, Garrett said. The man's apartment had smoke and water damage.

There was also minor water damage a third apartment, and firefighters had to cut a small hole in yet another apartment's ceiling, Garrett said. The residents of these two units were not displaced.

Garrett said she did not know in which room the fire started. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, but it appears to be accidental, she said.

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