An investigation continues this week into the cause of an early-morning fire Nov. 19 that destroyed a Los Altos Hills home. The occupants escaped unharmed.
“Due to the extent of the fire, the investigation is still underway; however, it is not considered suspicious,” said Luisa Rapport, Santa Clara County Fire Department spokeswoman.
Firefighters received an initial call approximately 2:30 a.m. and responded to the multistory home on the 27000 block of Via Ventana Way. Crews found the house fully engulfed in flames, with surrounding vegetation and the garage also ablaze. A second alarm was issued at 2:51 a.m.
Firefighters brought the fire under control by 4 a.m. According to a fire department report released immediately following the incident, damage was contained to the initial property and crews “remain on scene for full extinguishment and extensive clean-up.”
Eight fire engines were called to the scene and a total of 41 personnel responded. Cooperating agencies included the Palo Alto Fire Department, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, the Purissima Hills Water District, PG&E and the local Red Cross.
“Functioning smoke alarms alerted the residents to the fire and are the reason they were able to safely evacuate the residence during the early stages of the fire,” Rapport said.
According to the National Fire Protection Administration, working smoke alarms increase chances of surviving a fire by 50 percent. Administration officials recommend installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the house.