REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — The absence of sprinklers in a Redwood City apartment building was a factor in the rapid spread of an early-morning fire that grew to six alarms and sent four residents to hospitals, fire officials said.
Fire officials said the blaze was reported shortly after 5:15 a.m. Thursday at the Terrace Apartments, a four-story, 75-unit apartment building at 926 Woodside Road.
The fire was controlled shortly before 9 a.m. but crews remained putting out hotspots later on Thursday, Redwood City Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said.
Two residents were hospitalized with moderate injuries, while two others were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, Palisi said. All four, who are adults, had been released by this afternoon, he said.
He said the rescue effort was hectic but ultimately successful, with some people escaping the building on their own and others helped out by fire crews. He said some residents climbed over balconies to get out.