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Belmont Crews Provide Mutual Aid During RWC Fire

Fire officials say this latest incident shows the true benefits of the county's mutual aid system.

Early Friday morning, fire crews from throughout San Mateo County, including Belmont Fire Engines 14 and 15 responded to assist the Redwood City Fire Department with a six-alarm commercial structure fire located at 894 Douglas Avenue.

The initial 911 calls came in at approximately 5:52 a.m. and the fire quickly grew to multiple alarms. According to Belmont City Manager Greg Scoles' Weekly Update newsletter, Deputy Fire Chief Gaffney also responded to assist with managing the incident and Belmont fire crews were released from the scene several hours later.
 
Firefighters had the blaze under control by 10:30 a.m., Redwood City Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said.
           
Before firefighters could contain the massive blaze, it spread to a nearby apartment building, causing "significant" damage, Palisi said.
           
The fire also damaged two nearby industrial businesses, he said.
           
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and a damage cost estimate was not immediately available.
       
Fire officials say there were no reported injuries to firefighters of civilians.

"This significant incident shows the true benefits of the mutual aid system here in San Mateo County and throughout the state of California," said Scoles in his Weekly Update.

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