Fire causes $500K in damage to garage

Santa Clara County firefighters have extinguished a one-alarm fire that caused an estimated $500,000 in damage to the garage of a Los Altos home this morning, a fire official said.

Firefighters responded at 4:30 a.m. April 3 to 1504 Country Club Drive, where a 2,000-square-foot garage was on fire, Santa Clara County fire Operations Capt. Gil Smith said.

About a third of the garage -- a separated structure located behind the main house -- was on fire when crews arrived, Smith said.

It took firefighters about an hour and a half to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters said the residence was being prepared to undergo remodeling, and no one was home at the time. No injuries were reported.


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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm

The general contractor remodeling our house said most home fires start in the garage. For those of us with attached garages, this story is a good reminder to check that the door between the home and garage is fireproof. In our house it wasn't, but it wasn't very expensive to replace it.

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Posted by DCS
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm

A 500K garage? I thought this was a typo until I read the article.

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Posted by Really?
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Actually, it was a $700K six car garage. The fire just did 500K worth of damage.

Must be nice to have (had) a $700K 6 car garage, not the part about having a fire.

You can bet that wasn't near the day workers center.

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