Cupertino Fire Displaced Dozens - NBC Bay Area

Cupertino Fire Displaced Dozens

Many spent the night at Homestead High School



    NBC Bay Area's Monte Francis reports on a destructive weekend fire in the South Bay. (Published Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011)

    A three-alarm apartment complex fire in Cupertino displaced as  many as 60 residents Saturday night, according to fire and Red Cross officials.
        Firefighters responded to Village Green Apartments at 21230  Homestead Road shortly before 6 p.m., said Santa Clara County Fire Department  arson investigator Jeremy Davis.

        Davis said the fire was caused by a kitchen accident. One of the  residents was heating cooking oil and forgot that the stove was on. When the  tenant returned, the oil had caught fire and spread to the kitchen cabinets,  and then to the other apartments.     The fire affected a total of 16 units. Six units were completely  destroyed, two more were damaged by the fire, and the other eight units had  smoke and water damage.
        Red Cross officials are assisting around 60 displaced residents,  and set up a temporary shelter in the gymnasium at Homestead High School at  21370 Homestead Road in Cupertino.
        The shelter will provide food, shelter and crisis counseling  services. Red Cross officials said 19 residents had checked into the shelter  by midnight.
        Davis said the building sustained $2 million in damage.  Firefighters had the fire under control by 8 p.m., about two hours after  arriving.
        As many as 100 firefighters responded to the scene, including  personnel from Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, and the San Jose and  Mountain View Fire Departments.
        The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department assisted with  evacuations. Davis said that no one was injured in the fire.
        Davis said that some residents of the building are out of town for  the Thanksgiving holiday and may not yet be aware if they were displaced in  the fire. He said that residents seeking information about the fire should  call (408) 738-2500.
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