21 households displaced by fire

Five units directly damaged, 23-unit building 'red-tagged'

The cause of a two-alarm fire that displaced 21 households from an apartment complex on El Camino Real on Tuesday is still under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

The fire at 1571 W. El Camino Real was reported at 7:59 a.m., April 10, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

The entire apartment complex -- about 70 apartments -- was evacuated immediately following the fire, Wylie said.

Only five units were deemed uninhabitable by the city's building official as a direct result of the fire, said fire department spokesman Lynn Brown.

While most of the complex's residents were able to return home Tuesday, the fire left an entire 23-unit building with no hot water or electricity, Brown said. City staff were ready to house 21 households in an emergency shelter at the Community Center, but most found places to stay with friends or family, Brown said. The Red Cross gave vouchers to six other households to stay in a hotel.

"The entire building is currently red-tagged," Brown said Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Brown said the cause of the fire was still undetermined.

Residents of undamaged units were allowed to gather some belongings.

The Mountain View Fire Department was assisted by fire departments from Palo Alto and Moffett Field.

Voice staff writer Daniel DeBolt contributed to this report.


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Posted by Al
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Who are the Fire Associates?

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Posted by Fed-up
a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

The Fire Associates are volunteers who show up at major fire events and serve coffee, cookies, water etc. to the firefighters.

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Posted by Andrea Gemmet
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Apr 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

Good question -- the story has been edited and should be a little clearer now. The Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley aren't directly affiliated with fire departments, but its volunteers provide support "canteen service" to firefighters. They don't do any firefighting themselves.

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