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Resident, Dog Escape Fire Unharmed

Fire departments from three cities responded.

A resident and the family dog escaped a fire Tuesday that damaged more than half of a home in Menlo Park, a fire investigator said.   

The one-alarm fire was reported at 10:57 a.m. Tuesday at 52 Willow Road, which was occupied by a relative of the owner and their dog. 

Fire Investigator Jon Johnston said the blaze started on the exterior of the building and worked its way onto the roof easement, later spreading into the attic. The whole attic was a loss, he said.  

“Neighbors said they heard a pop and then saw flames on the side of the house,” Johnston said. The owner of the home was not present, so the relative called 911 and got the family dog out of the house, he said.

Actual damages are not known at this time, but it is estimated that about 50 percent of the interior was damaged from the smoke. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“Because of the location, firefighters from Palo Alto, Redwood City and Menlo Park responded,” said Battalion Chief Mike Sweeney. Five engines, one truck, and two Battalion Chiefs were present.
 
“Everyone was needed,” Sweeney said.

Firefighters left the scene at about 3 p.m.

Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Update: Heavy winds blowing through the building re-ignited the blaze in the afternoon, said Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. Menlo Park fire crews responded for a second time at around 3:48 p.m. to extinguish the blaze again. Schapelhouman said fire crews remained at the home throughout the night on a fire watch "so we all have peace of mind." The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in structural damage and an additional $60,000 in damage to the home's contents. Two adults, two children and their dog were displaced by the fire. --Bay City News

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