3 injured in house fire

A firefighter looks at the aftermath of a house fire in East Palo Alto this morning. Photo courtesy of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

By the Daily Post staff

A fire erupted in a home near Myrtle Street in East Palo Alto this morning, injuring three people and displacing a family of seven, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, which serves East Palo Alto.

The fire struck a home on Almond Court, a three-home cul-de-sac off of Myrtle Street, next to Eastside College Preparatory School and a block from Brentwood Elementary School.

The fire, reported at 6:34 a.m., escalated in intensity and firefighters sounded a second alarm for additional engines. By 7 a.m., the fire was under control.

Ambulances rushed two injured people to the hospital. One of the two had what Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman described as “serious injuries.”

Paramedics treated a third injured person at the scene.

The fire district says 60% of the single-family home was damaged. The family of seven who lived in the house have been displaced, the district said.

Now investigators are trying to determine the origin and cause of the fire.