Care facility’s alarms did not alert residents to blaze

Fire officials today are investigating a four-alarm fire at a care facility for disabled adults in Redwood City Sunday morning that appears to be electrical, Division Chief Rich Sampson of Cal Fire for the San Mateo and Santa Cruz areas said.

An employee at the facility reported the fire at 7:03 a.m. at 124 Alameda De Las Pulgas, according to the Redwood City Fire Department.

The fire escalated to four alarms at 7:57 a.m., and crews had the blaze under control at 8:37 a.m., the fire department reported.

No injuries were reported. The facility had an evacuation plan, which caregivers quickly put into place and all eight people — six disabled people and two care takers — escaped safely, according to the fire department.

Significant damage was done to the care facility, converted from a house, and reconstruction will have to be done before the building is inhabitable, according to Sampson.

Residents of the care facility were moved to a separate facility run by the same owners, Sampson said.

Smoke detectors found inside the facility did not alert residents to the fire, and it was an employee who saw smoke in the building and alerted everyone to the smoke, Sampson said.

“This was definitely a situation where it was very important to have functioning smoke detectors,” Sampson said.

The fire appears to be electrical related, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Sampson said.

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