House fire displaces Hills residents

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Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Fire Department
Santa Clara County Fire Department vehicles line the road outside a Mora Drive home as firefighters extinguish a fire there Thursday morning.

A Los Altos Hills family – including two cats – escaped injury Thursday (May 21) morning when their home caught fire. 

Twenty-five Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighters and representatives of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 10800 block of Mora Drive at approximately 4:51 a.m. Thursday to reports of a split-level, single-family residence on fire, according to a department press release. On scene they discovered the occupants had safely exited the home, but firefighters found and rescued a family cat still inside. A second feline was discovered safe within the garage.

No other animals are missing, said Luisa Rapport, fire department public information specialist.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze within approximately 20 minutes, but an estimated 50% of the structure sustained smoke and water damage, the release stated. The family is displaced but does not require assistance.

The department credits smoke alarms for helping to alert the house occupants of the fire and encourages all county residents to ensure their own smoke alarms are working properly and placed within every bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on every level of a home.

Mora Drive remains closed between Terry Way and Sunhills Drive Thursday morning as firefighters clean up and investigate. The cause of the fire is not considered suspicious.

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