Redwood City apartment fire injures 21

Posted: 7/8/2013

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A six-alarm fire at an apartment building in early Sunday injured at least 21 people and displaced dozens of residents.

The fire was first reported at 1:47 a.m. at Hallmark House Apartments at 531 Woodside Road, Redwood City public information officer Malcolm Smith said.

About 100 firefighters, 20 fire engines and seven ladder trucks from Redwood City and nearby cities responded to the fire.

The blaze left 21 people, including three firefighters, hurt. But, Smith said, all of the injuries were minor to moderate.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Sunday afternoon.

"They think they've got it narrowed down to one particular area but that's kind of speculation," Smith said. "It's still an active fire."

Woodside Road was closed in both directions from Bonita Avenue to Hess Road, and was expected to remain so until midnight.

There were 97 registered tenants in the 72-unit apartment building.

An evacuation center was set up at Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City. The Red Cross also set up an overnight shelter for more than 40 people at the National Guard Armory in Redwood City.

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