Fire strikes home in unincorporated Redwood City

Firefighters remove damaged items from a house at 298 Beresford Ave. in unincorporated Redwood City. Photo provided by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
Firefighters remove damaged items from a house at 298 Beresford Ave. in unincorporated Redwood City. Photo provided by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

By the Daily Post staff

It took firefighters about 25 minutes last night (April 13) to extinguish a fire in a house at 259 Beresford Ave., about 2 blocks south of Woodside Road in unincorporated Redwood City.

The home wasn’t occupied at the time of the fire, though a small dog ran out of the house and is still missing, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

The 2,020-square-foot, single story home was extensively damaged. Structural damage was estimated at $250,000 and damage to the contents was put at $25,000 for a total of $275,000, Schapelhouman said.

Multiple callers to 911 reported the fire at 11:33 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies first located the house and Menlo Park Fire Engine No. 3 arrived at 11:38 p.m. When they arrived, they reported seeing smoke and fire coming from the rear of the house, according to Fire Capt. Mike Harrington.

In all, 23 firefighters from Menlo Park, Redwood City and Woodside battled the blaze.

“Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 25 minutes because it had gotten into the attic space and run the length of the building,” said Menlo Battalion Chief Tom Calvert.

Firefighters stayed on the scene until 3 a.m. today to make sure the fire was extinguished and to assist investigators.

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

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