Three-alarm fire causes $100K in damages

February 2, 2008 2:47:26 PM PST
A three-alarm fire that ignited this morning in the garbage chute of a three-story apartment complex in San Mateo caused around $100,000 worth of damage, a battalion chief reported.

The first reports of flames were received at 7:53 a.m. and crews arrived at 400 E. Hillsdale Blvd. to find the garbage chute and attic engulfed in flames, a fire dispatcher said.

Crews doused the fire and the blaze was declared contained at 8:18 a.m. Damage was contained to the second and third floor garbage chute rooms as well as neighboring storage rooms. Smoke escaped through the attic of the building, but it was not severely damaged, according to Battalion Chief Joe Novelli.

One person was treated for smoke inhalation, and no other injuries were reported, a dispatcher said.

The cause of the flames was undetermined as of this afternoon, Novelli reported.

Residents from all 57 units of the building were displaced while crews conducted an electrical evaluation. The American Red Cross assisted those residents who needed accommodations.