Massive Redwood City fire destroys buildings, forces evacuations

By Alex Baker
June 3, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

REDWOOD CITY, California — Evacuations were ordered after a building under construction in Redwood City was engulfed in flames Monday morning. Video of the scene showed firefighters engaging the blaze while massive plumes of smoke and flames poured out of the building. The fire was an 8-alarm fire, according to officials. Twenty-six fire engines and 7 ladder trucks responded to the fire, along with 10 other mutual aid fire engines from Santa Clara County, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Mark Lorenzen said. The building project, an affordable housing complex, is located in the 2700 block of Middlefield Road. The building is expected to be a “total loss,” according to fire officials, who called the building a “tinder box.” About 150 people have been evacuated, fire officials said. The fire broke out on the fifth floor of the building around 10:15 a.m., according to officials. “The wind is a challenge,” according to SMCSO. No injuries have been reported.

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