Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mountain View Calls a 2nd Alarm At Apartment Blaze

Photo By Bruce Dembecki
Date and Time: April 10, 2012; 9:00 A.M.
Agency: Mountain View
Incident Address: 1571 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View
Type: Second alarm

Agency Responders:
MTV: E-1, 2, 3, 4; T-1; R-1; HM-5; IC-Batt. 18 (Del Carlo); Safety-18A1.

MOF: E-5; T-6

PA: R-2, Air Unit, Batt. 6

FASCV Responding Unit: FSU-4. Released at 1230 hours.
Responding FASCV members: Larry Carr (driver), Jerry Haag, Ron Green, Dan Wong and  Bruce Dembecki.

April 10, 2012, at around 8:30 A.M. Mountain View Fire Department responded to reports of an apartment building on fire along busy El Camino Real. Arriving firefighters discovered smoke and flame pouring from the building, and quickly went to work evacuating residents. Noone was injured during the conflagration, which rendered 6 appartments unihabitable. Mountain View was assisted in the two alarm fire by additional units from Palo Alto and Moffett Fire departments, with County Fire providing station coverage.

While it was apparent that the fire started in the laundry room off the car port below the two levels of living space, fire investigators were still working on determining the exact cause.

Fire Associates' services were requested at 9:00 A.M. and Larry Carr responded with Fire Support Unit 4. Larry was met on scene by FASCV members Jerry Haag, Dan Wong, Ron Green and Bruce Dembecki. Once the fire was contained and firefighters were rehabbed Fire Associates members went to work on lunch for the remaining crews. By 12:30 30 Burritos had been consumed and most of the remaining crews, including Fire Support Unit 4, were being released.

-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag and Bruce Dembecki