2-Alarm Blaze Burns Building In Old Palo Alto

PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A two-alarm fire in an Old Palo Alto neighborhood home was extinguished Sunday afternoon but caused significant damage, a deputy fire chief said.

The fire was first reported at about 11:30 a.m. at 335 Seale Ave. When firefighters arrived they saw smoke coming from the roof of a one-story, single-family home with a basement, Deputy Chief Catherine Capriles said.

The house was locked so firefighters had to force their way in. When they did, smoke was close to the floor, which probably means the fire had been burning for a while.

The home was built many years ago with heavy lath and plaster construction so no one probably noticed the fire until it broke through the roof, Capriles said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control as of 12:19 p.m. No one was home and no injuries were reported.

It appears the main seat of the fire was in the kitchen. Firefighters extinguished the flames there and finished their work by putting out the flames in the attic.

The cause is under investigation, Capriles said.

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