Fire erupts inside cluttered house

A fire broke out in this home at 1882 Austin Ave. in Los Altos this morning (May 29). Photo courtesy of the Santa Clara County Fire Department.
A fire broke out in this home at 1882 Austin Ave. in Los Altos this morning (May 29). Photo courtesy of the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

By the Daily Post staff

A fire struck a two-story home in Los Altos in the pre-dawn hours this morning (May 29) but both people inside got out safely.

At 3:33 a.m., the Santa Clara County Fire Department received a call about a fire in a home at 1882 Austin Ave. When they arrived they saw smoke coming from the second floor.

A resident of the home was outside and told firefighters that everybody had gotten out. The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes and was isolated to a second-story bedroom, according to the fire department.

County fire officials said crews had initial trouble reaching the bedroom because of a “significant accumulation of household items,” a report from the fire department said.

The fire department says residents should keep routes of egress in a home clear and know two ways out of every room.

Two people were displaced by the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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