Intentional fire leads to hospitalization for Hills man

An elderly Los Altos Hills man was hospitalized Thursday (July 13) after a house fire officials have classified as “intentionally set.”

Site of the fire, courtesy of Google maps

Multiple fire engines, trucks and rescue teams responded at approximately 7:30 a.m. to the one-alarm fire at a home located in the 25000 block of Estacada Drive, according to the Santa Clara County Fire Department. Flames were confined to a single room on the first floor of the two-story home, and firefighters extinguished them within 20 minutes.

Fire Captain Bill Murphy said the department is aware how the fire started, but he could not release specific details because the investigation is ongoing. He stopped short of calling it arson but said the fire was “human-caused.”

“We don’t anticipate it going to a criminal case,” Murphy said.

There were two occupants of the home at the time of the incident, and an ambulance transported a male resident to an area hospital for observation, he said.

Although the outside of the Mediterranean-style house appeared unscathed Friday morning, Murphy said the inside sustained extensive smoke-related damage and is unlivable.

The Palo Alto Fire Department assisted with putting out the fire.

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