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Residential fire on Rich Avenue causes no injuries, determined accidental

A fire on Rich Avenue Nov. 21 caused no injuries but $100,000 in damages to an apartment in a multi-family complex. Photo courtesy city of Mountain View.

No injuries were sustained after a kitchen fire caused damage to an apartment on Rich Avenue in Mountain View Monday afternoon.

On Nov. 21 at 3:32 p.m., Mountain View Communications received a phone call reporting smoke and a fire alarm coming from an apartment in the 900 block of Rich Avenue.

"The resident was not home at the time, and the occupants of the surrounding apartments self-evacuated before firefighters arrived," a city release stated.

The fire department arrived on scene five minutes later to find an active kitchen fire. The cause was later determined to be from boxes accidentally left on top of a hot cooking surface.

"Firefighters initiated a fire attack with water lines pre-connected to the fire engine and extinguished the flames before they could spread to other apartments in the building," the city statement said. "Simultaneously, firefighters cut a hole in the roof above the kitchen to ventilate the heat, gas and smoke from the apartment."

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Traffic was closed in both directions on Rich Avenue while units and equipment were on the scene, and has since been reopened. The fire caused no injuries, but did cause an estimated $100,000 in damages. The building was turned over to facilities maintenance for repairs.

"The affected resident received a $250 gift card from the California Professional Firefighters Union Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency Program," the city said. "Property management of the building helped the resident secure a hotel room for the night."

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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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Residential fire on Rich Avenue causes no injuries, determined accidental

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Uploaded: Tue, Nov 22, 2022, 11:14 am

No injuries were sustained after a kitchen fire caused damage to an apartment on Rich Avenue in Mountain View Monday afternoon.

On Nov. 21 at 3:32 p.m., Mountain View Communications received a phone call reporting smoke and a fire alarm coming from an apartment in the 900 block of Rich Avenue.

"The resident was not home at the time, and the occupants of the surrounding apartments self-evacuated before firefighters arrived," a city release stated.

The fire department arrived on scene five minutes later to find an active kitchen fire. The cause was later determined to be from boxes accidentally left on top of a hot cooking surface.

"Firefighters initiated a fire attack with water lines pre-connected to the fire engine and extinguished the flames before they could spread to other apartments in the building," the city statement said. "Simultaneously, firefighters cut a hole in the roof above the kitchen to ventilate the heat, gas and smoke from the apartment."

Traffic was closed in both directions on Rich Avenue while units and equipment were on the scene, and has since been reopened. The fire caused no injuries, but did cause an estimated $100,000 in damages. The building was turned over to facilities maintenance for repairs.

"The affected resident received a $250 gift card from the California Professional Firefighters Union Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency Program," the city said. "Property management of the building helped the resident secure a hotel room for the night."

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