Belmont blaze destroys garage

Charred black support beams and the melted skeleton of a Toyota Prius are all that is left of a Belmont home’s garage after an early morning, two-alarm fire reduced the structure to a smoking husk Tuesday.

The Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department was alerted to the 3308 Plateau Drive blaze at 6:49 a.m. by neighbors who helped the home’s lone occupant, a 77-year-old woman, out of the fire.

Belmont-San Carlos Fire Chief Doug Fry said firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire and the Foster City, Redwood City, San Mateo and Woodside fire departments were called in to help contain the fire that was burning throughout the home’s first floor.

By 8 a.m., the fire was under control, and by noon, cleanup crews were sorting through the remains of the home.

While battling the fire, one firefighter was injured when the floor collapsed and he fell through into a basement room. His legs and lower body were burned and cut in the fall; he was taken to Sequoia Hospital for treatment and later released.

Belmont-San Carlos investigators were still looking into the cause of the blaze, but they believe it started somewhere near the vehicle’s engine in the garage.

The vehicle was completely destroyed in the blaze, and the home and its contents suffered $1.25 million worth of damage. There was no damage to neighboring residences, Fry said.

It has not been determined if shelter was provided for the woman or where she was staying after the incident.

jgoldman@examiner.com

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