Fire Marshal Points Out Lack of Sprinklers
A FIRE THAT STARTED ON THE TOP floor of a 4-story apartment building in Redwood City, California, Thursday caused enough damage to make the entire building uninhabitable.
The blaze was reported at 5:15 am Pacific and spread handily as the firefighters were arriving. They were met with a significan rescue problem calling for more help to evacuate the 75-unit building.
The fire was controlled shortly before 9 a.m. but crews remained putting out hot spots later in the day, Redwood City Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said.
Two residents were hospitalized with moderate injuries, while two others were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, Palisi said. All four, who are adults, had been released by yesterday afternoon, he said.
He said the rescue effort was hectic but ultimately successful, with some people escaping the building on their own and others helped out by fire crews. He said some residents climbed over balconies to get out.
The most significant damage was to the fourth floor, where the blaze appears to have started, Palisi said. The fire caused an estimated $3.5 million in damage to the building and roughly $500,000 in damage to its contents.
The fire marshal went on to publicly point out that the absence of sprinklers likely lead to the extensive damage to the building that may have to be rebuilt. While the fire itself burned just 20 units, a roof collapse 45 minutes into the operation magnified the damage.
KTVU_TV posted some raw video taken during the peak stage of the fire:
The San Jose Mercury News has more details HERE.
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