Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mountain View Firefighters Respond to Major Structure Fire

Date and Time: 07-30-2015, 6:01 P.M.
Agency: Mountain View Fire
Incident Address: 316 Escuela Ave., Mountain View
Type: Second Alarm
Photo from Mt. View Fire Dept.
Details (from the official FD press release): Thursday evening at approximately 6:01 P.M., Mountain View firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 316 Escuela Ave. The building is a multi-unit apartment complex and residents reported flames coming from a unit in the front of the back building. Upon their arrival, firefighters found flames and heavy smoke coming from multiple units on the second and third stories. Firefighters and police officers worked to ensure that the residents were out of the complex and then firefighters worked to control and extinguish the fire.

A 2nd alarm was called bringing in additional units from surrounding cities to assist with the operation. Damage to some units was extensive, with other units being affected by smoke or water damage. Altogether, residents in 29 apartment units were displaced from their homes last night. The Mountain View Senior Center was opened as a shelter while residents waited for firefighters to complete their operations and determine who was allowed back into their units. Those that were not able to return home were offered overnight shelter assistance by the American Red Cross at the Senior Center.
During the incident, one resident was treated on scene for minor injuries and one resident was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. There were no injuries to firefighters responding to the incident. The fire investigator is on scene working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
Fire Attack was Engine 53 with water supply from an on-site hydrant, with immediate support from Engine 51. No aerial equipment entered the complex because of constricted access. Good stop was made under difficult interior conditions.
Fire Support Unit 1 arrived at about 6:55 P.M. and was released from the scene at 9:45 P.M.
Agency Responders:
MTV: E-51, 52, 53, 54; T-51; R-51; Batt. 51 (B/C Vandenberg-IC)
CNT: E-74; T-74; Batt-74
PAF: E-65; T-66; Batt-66
XSC: M-45
FASCV Responding Unit: FSU-1.
FASCV Responders: Carr, Dembecki, Garcia (driver), Haag.
-- Report Submitted by Jerry Haag