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No injuries reported after residential fire on West El Camino Tuesday night

The fire caused a reported $40,000 in damages

Returning from a call, Fire Station 5's fire truck backs into the newly built station, located on North Shoreline Blvd. Photo by Michelle Le

A residential fire in a multi-family apartment complex on the 1500 block of West El Camino Real was quickly doused Tuesday night, resulting in no injuries but $40,000 in damages.

On Nov. 8 at 10:32 p.m., Mountain View Communications received a phone call from an alarm company reporting a fire, the city said in a statement. Occupants of the West El Camino Real apartment and the neighboring apartments evacuated before firefighters arrived on scene at 10:40 p.m.

"Units arrived to find a sprinkler system activated on the third floor of a three-story residence due to a heater fire," city officials said. "The ensuing heat from the fire rose to a level causing the sprinklers to activate."

Fire crews perform salvage operations to remove water after a residential fire triggered the sprinkler system at an apartment complex on the 1500 block of West El Camino Real on Nov. 8. Photo courtesy city of Mountain View.

Firefighters stopped the sprinklers, confirmed the fire hadn't spread further into the building and performed an overhaul of the structure, including salvage operations to remove water from three units that suffered water damage. Traffic remained open in both directions of West El Camino Real.

"Property management relocated three residents to other units in the building and a hotel," the city said, adding that firefighters replaced the sprinkler head and reactivated the water supply to the sprinkler system before leaving.

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No injuries were reported, but there was an estimated $40,000 in damage to the building's contents and structure. The building was turned over to facilities maintenance for continued repairs to the apartments, the city said.

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Malea Martin
Malea Martin covers the city hall beat in Mountain View. Before joining the Mountain View Voice in 2022, she covered local politics and education for New Times San Luis Obispo, a weekly newspaper on the Central Coast of California. Read more >>

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No injuries reported after residential fire on West El Camino Tuesday night

The fire caused a reported $40,000 in damages

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Thu, Nov 10, 2022, 10:11 am

A residential fire in a multi-family apartment complex on the 1500 block of West El Camino Real was quickly doused Tuesday night, resulting in no injuries but $40,000 in damages.

On Nov. 8 at 10:32 p.m., Mountain View Communications received a phone call from an alarm company reporting a fire, the city said in a statement. Occupants of the West El Camino Real apartment and the neighboring apartments evacuated before firefighters arrived on scene at 10:40 p.m.

"Units arrived to find a sprinkler system activated on the third floor of a three-story residence due to a heater fire," city officials said. "The ensuing heat from the fire rose to a level causing the sprinklers to activate."

Firefighters stopped the sprinklers, confirmed the fire hadn't spread further into the building and performed an overhaul of the structure, including salvage operations to remove water from three units that suffered water damage. Traffic remained open in both directions of West El Camino Real.

"Property management relocated three residents to other units in the building and a hotel," the city said, adding that firefighters replaced the sprinkler head and reactivated the water supply to the sprinkler system before leaving.

No injuries were reported, but there was an estimated $40,000 in damage to the building's contents and structure. The building was turned over to facilities maintenance for continued repairs to the apartments, the city said.

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