Two firefighters injured in blaze at Humboldt Street apartments

SAN MATEO — Two firefighters who suffered burns in a second-alarm apartment fire Monday are expected to recover quickly from their injuries, fire officials said Tuesday.

One of the injured firefighters was treated and released back to the scene of the fire at the Woodlake complex while the second, who received burns to his ears, has been treated and will return to duty within several days, said Battalion Chief John Warren of San Mateo Fire.

No residents were injured but about 30 people, those living in the 16 residential units on the top floor of the three-story condominium building, were displaced for one to two days, Warren said.

All other residents of the building are back in the building with power and alarms, he said.

The fire at 801 N. Humboldt St. occurred Monday evening at 5:40 p.m., and it’s been determined that it was accidental, although a specific cause has not been pinpointed, Warren said.

Crews had the fire knocked down within 15 minutes and under control by 6:50 p.m., Warren said.

“The fire in the unit was particularly intense, and crews provided a rapid attack. They went in after it very aggressively,” Warren said when asked how the firefighters sustained the burns, noting that there was a lot of furniture and possessions in the unit that fueled the fire.

dsmith@examiner.com

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