One displaced after apartment kitchen fire


Mountain View firefighters extinguished a small fire Wednesday that broke out in the kitchen of an apartment complex, damaging the unit and prompting an evacuation of the building.

The fire department received a report shortly after 7 p.m. that flames and smoke could be seen coming from the two-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Dale Avenue, located near the the southern end of Stevens Creek Trail.

Fire crews found the fire originated from the kitchen of a first-floor unit and extinguished the flames within 10 minutes of arriving at the apartment complex, according to a statement by the fire department.

Occupants inside the apartment building were evacuated during the fire, and one person living in the damaged unit was displaced and elected to stay with friends, fire officials said.

There were no injuries, but one resident was checked for smoke inhalation after he attempted to put out the fire from outside the building with a fire extinguisher.

The cause of the fire is unknown, and damage to the structure is estimated to be $50,000, fire officials said.

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