Mountain View Police Suspect Arson in Weekend House Fire

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    A Mountain View home was damaged by a two-alarm fire early this morning, according to the fire department. (Published Sunday, March 16, 2014)

    A Mountain View home was damaged by a two-alarm fire early Sunday morning, according to the fire department, and investigators say arson is suspected.

    Firefighters responded to reports of smoke and flames at a one-story residence in the 1700 block of Fordham Way at about 2:30 a.m., according to the Mountain View Fire Department.

    The blaze did not spread to other homes and was controlled in about an hour.

    Authorities said Monday they believe the fire started inside the home. The Santa Clara County Fire Investigation Task Force, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now helping Mountain View police as the investigation moves forward.

    In addition to the arson, police say, a light blue, 2003 Audi A4 with California license plate 5HJM491 was stolen from the residence. The person who stole the vehicle is wanted in connection with the arson and burglary of the residence, according to police.

    The homeowners were not at home at the time of the blaze, and no firefighters were injured in the effort to control it, the fire department said.

    Firefighters said that the fire could have been a whole lot worse if it weren’t for a good Samaritan who alerted the neighbors and helped get everyone to safety.

    A neighbor called 911 and ran around knocking on doors to wake people up.

    The good Samaritan says he was driving some friends home around 1:30 a.m. when he noticed smoke and flames coming out of the home.

    "It’s exactly what we always tell out community which is, if you see something, say something, and the passersby did exactly what we wanted them to do,” said Jamie Garrett of the Mountain View Fire Department.

    Crews from Palo Alto and Santa Clara County assisted in the response.