Crews from San Mateo and Foster City fire departments responded to a structure fire at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday at 155 El Dorado St.
According to a neighbor who witnessed the owner of the car attempting to start it earlier, the car caught on fire, which in turn ignited items along the side of the house and then the house itself.
Smoke was coming from an upstairs window as firefighters sprayed hoses into the second story. The fire was under control by about 3:30 p.m.
The witness said he did not know what happened to the man who owned the car, but apparently no one was home at the house at the time of the fire.
There were no apparent injuries to civilians or firefighters.
Fire officials were not available to comment at the time, but Patch will update the story as information becomes available.