A Los Altos family is displaced following a devastating two-alarm fire that destroyed their home over the weekend.
Saturday’s fire (April 15), at a home in the 600 block of Casita Way, caused an estimated $400,000 worth of damage, but no humans or pets were injured, said Bill Murphy, Santa Clara County Fire Department captain.
A neighbor noticed flames within the home’s garage at approximately 4:15 p.m. Saturday and notified an adult female resident, the lone occupant at the time, Murphy said. As many as 35 firefighters responded to the subsequent emergency call, but the fire was “well-involved” by the time they arrived.
The cause of the fire is undetermined but not suspicious in nature, he said.
“The fire started in the garage, but the extent of damage in the garage precludes the investigators from definitively identifying the cause,” Murphy said.
The flames spread quickly due to the home’s age, its dried-out, wood-shake roof and the abundance of fuel from belongings within the garage, he said.
Old wood-shake roofs can prove especially dangerous in the event of a fire – even when the flames originate at another home – due to airborne embers, Murphy said.
“It adds to the challenge of controlling the fire,” he said.
Neighbors are coming together to provide the family of four with assistance.