On Sunday, March 4th at 12:34 PM Mountain View Communications received a 911 call reporting black smoke seen coming from a three story multi-unit residential complex in the 500 block of W. Middlefield Rd.
MVFD Engine 54 was the first to arrive on scene at 12:38 PM. Crews quickly identified a first floor unit with smoke emanating from the top of the closed front door. Due to the probability of a working fire within this unit, a second alarm was called. Residents were evacuated from all surrounding units and staged outside of the building for their safety.
Firefighters made entry into the identified residential unit and extinguished an active kitchen fire. Units then checked the ceiling and adjoining units for any fire extension. No extension was found and the single unit kitchen fire was knocked down at 1:07 PM. There were no injuries in this fire. One adult resident will be displaced from the unit with the kitchen fire. The building’s property management is assisting the displaced resident with alternate housing arrangements. The precise cause of the fire is currently being investigated.
Mountain View firefighters had conducted many training exercises at this complex and were very familiar with the layout and hose connection locations for this large structure. Firefighters conveyed that their on-site training helped to ensure the very rapid identification of the fire location and best access points and likely aided in the rapid knock down of this fire.