Serving the greater San Mateo county fire service community
Menlo Park Fire Protection District responded to a townhouse fire in the Sharon Park area of Menlo Park on July 16th. The fire went to 5 alarms, which included 17 engines, and 5 trucks. There was a total of 87 firefighters from fire departments in Menlo Park, Woodside, Belmont-San Carlos, and San Mateo County. The first in engine company on the scene tried to fight the fire from the inside, but had to back out due to temperatures exceeding 500 degrees at floor level. Two firefighters suffered minor burn injuries during this inside attack (see photo of one firefighter's face mask which began to fail because of the extreme heat). The cause of the fire is still under investigation.