Two Los Altos Hills residents escaped injury Saturday (Feb. 24) when their home caught fire, but the ensuing blaze destroyed the house and indirectly led to minor injuries for a firefighter who tumbled from the roof.
The Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighter fell approximately 10 feet and was transported to the hospital, but he resumed work later that day, according to County Fire Capt. Bill Murphy.
“It was high enough that he could have been hurt pretty significantly,” Murphy said.
The 2,000-square-foot home, located on the 25000 block of La Rena Lane, sustained well over $1 million in damage from smoke, flames and water, and is uninhabitable, Murphy said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday.
The fire started in the home’s attic or along the roofline at approximately 1 p.m., according to fire department reports. Thirty-five firefighters battled the blaze and managed to extinguish it within 30 minutes, but the flames ate away at the roof, exposing the living areas to the elements. An adjacent garage containing classic cars was spared.
“The fortunate thing was that the homeowner was home and called right away,” Murphy said.
Murphy added that windy conditions and the home’s wood shake roof and old, dried-out attic trusses fed the flames and helped the fire spread quickly.
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