Kitchen fire at Google I/O injures six

Six people hurt, one with life-threatening injuries

The second day of Google's I/O conference was brought to a halt just before 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon when a fire broke out at a Shoreline Amphitheatre concession stand.

By the time the fire was extinguished, a total of six people had reportedly suffered injures. Three of the injured were taken to the hospital for treatment, and one of the victims had life-threatening injuries, said Lynn Brown, Mountain View Fire Department spokesman.

The other three who were injured declined treatment at the scene, Brown said. He could not immediately elaborate on the nature of the injuries.

Google officials on Thursday evening announced they were in contact with the injured victims, who they identified as event staff.

"We're thankful to the fire department for putting it out and ensuring everyone's safety," wrote Google spokesman Joshua Cruz in an email. "We're making sure (the injured parties) receive the proper treatment."

Social media posts taken by attendees show the fire blazing in the back of a kitchen. But fire officials say it is unclear exactly how the fire started, and investigators are just beginning to determine what happened.

Held since 2008, Google I/O is the tech giant's main developer conference, drawing thousands of attendees each year.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 19, 2017 at 7:33 am

I would have thought they had an App to prevent such a thing.

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Posted by I/O Attendee
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm

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The information in this article is incorrect, as the Mountain View Fire Department spokesperson Lynn Brown's statement was erroneous. This information was since corrected should you choose to be more accurate in your reporting.

Six people weren't injured, and no one had life-threatening injuries. Three people were treated on-site. Three others were in the kitchen but not affected and thus refused treatment. It was a grease fire that was quickly extinguished with the fire extinguishers that were on-site. Someone pulled the fire alarm and since MVFD assumes that a fire at Shoreline involves thousands of people, they sent pretty much every available engine. That caused the news helicopters to flock to the scene, and everything got blown out of proportion.

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Posted by Andrea Gemmet
Mountain View Voice Editor
on May 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm

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Mountain View Fire Department spokesman Lynn Brown has since reaffirmed his initial statement that there were six injured people as a result of the fire.

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