A small two-alarm fire that started in a storage-locker room in a seven-story apartment building Wednesday morning was quickly suppressed by firefighters in a blaze that fire officials said could have spread into something larger.
No injuries were reported to either residents or firefighters, Redwood City Battalion Chief Stan Maupin said. Smoke and water damage was limited to a storage-locker room on the sixth floor of the building at 1405 Marshall St.
A total of eight engines and 36 firefighters were at the scene to battle the blaze. Maupin said fire crews arrived three minutes after they were alerted of the fire at 9:31 a.m. A second alarm was called as a precautionary measure and the blaze was contained shortly after 10 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No residents were in the storage room at the time of the blaze, Maupin said. There was minimal water and smoke damage.
At least 30 of the apartment’s occupants gathered in a parking lot outside the building, some in their pajamas. With the exception of sixth-floor residents, people were allowed back into the building at 10:27 a.m. No one was displaced by the fire.
“At first, I thought it was an elevator alarm,” said Jonathan Rivera, 15, who was home for summer vacation and lives on the third floor. “But then I looked out the window and looked down and saw all of these people outside. I looked up and saw smoke.”