REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — A three-alarm fire was being investigated as arson in Redwood City Wednesday morning.
As many as 27 residents were displaced by the fire that gutted two apartments, a deputy fire chief said.
Firefighters responded to the fire at 523 Stambaugh Street at 12:24 a.m., Deputy Chief Stan Maupin said.
The fire involved multiple cars in the eight-unit building’s carport and extended into two of the building’s apartments, totally gutting them, Maupin said.
Most of the rest of the building’s apartments sustained smoke damage as well, leaving the entire building temporarily uninhabitable.
However, all but the two apartments destroyed by the fire are expected to be habitable again soon, Maupin said.
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“The building itself is going to be occupiable in the near future, just not tonight,” Maupin said.
Firefighters had the fire under control within around an hour, Maupin said.
Six to eight residents of the building are being assisted with temporary housing by the Red Cross and the Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department.
A total of 12 engines, three ladder trucks and seven chief officers responded to the fire, including from fire departments in Belmont, Menlo Park, Woodside, San Mateo and San Mateo County.
Maupin reminded residents if they see a fire to report it quickly so firefighters can respond promptly. “Reporting a fire helps us get to them and keep them small,” he said.