Garage Fire Damages San Mateo Home

No one was injured in the blaze, but flames caused around $300,000 in damage to the home.

The fire on York Avenue. Credit: Justin Lopez @gearsoflopez
The fire on York Avenue. Credit: Justin Lopez @gearsoflopez
A fire caused around $300,000 in damage to a home in San Mateo on Wednesday night, fire officials said Thursday.

The blaze was reported at 9:57 p.m. at a single-family, single-story house 1523 York Ave., San Mateo Deputy Fire Chief John Healy said.

Firefighters were on scene within four and half minutes and reported a working fire, with a power line down across the street from the house, according to Healy.

The fire destroyed the garage, where the blaze was believed to have originated, as well as the attic. Smoke filled the house hallway, forcing the four residents to evacuate.

The fire also destroyed a vehicle parked in the driveway and caused minor damage to the neighbor’s house siding.

The occupants were alerted to the fire when they smelled smoke and exited the house to discover the fire burning inside the garage. The blaze was extinguished within 15 minutes.

Five fire engines, one ladder truck and two Battalion Chiefs were dispatched to the incident, equally 21 firefighters. Neighboring agency Central County Fire Department assisted San Mateo units.

No occupants or firefighters were injured. Red Cross provided assistance to the residence. 

The fire cause is currently under investigation. Estimated loss from the fire is 
$250,000 to the structure and an additional $50, 000 to the contents.

Fire officials are reminding residents to make sure they have working smoke detectors in their homes. 


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