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Posted: 6:50 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
KTVU and Wires
PALO ALTO, Calif. —
A suspicious early morning fire roared through a Palo Alto home Monday, gutting the structure before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, authorities said.
Firefighters responded to a report of a blaze at a vacant home on the corner of Matadero Avenue and Orinda Street at about 3:50 a.m., Battalion Chief Niles Broussard said.
When crews arrived, the attic of the single-family home was fully involved, and the integrity of the roof forced firefighters to battle the blaze from the exterior.
The rood eventually collapsed.
Crews were able to knock down the fire around 4:15 a.m., the battalion chief said.
The house has been vacant for nearly 20 years. Investigators determined that the home had no power or gas so the fire was being considered suspicious in nature.
A next-door home was evacuated as a precaution, but no other structures were damaged in the blaze. No one was injured, Broussard said.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
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