A fire that started in a grassy area destroyed an East Palo Alto home and damaged a second this afternoon, a Menlo Park Fire Protection District inspector said.
The two-alarm blaze was reported at 12:54 p.m. in the 2700 block of Georgetown Street.
The fire was controlled about 40 minutes after fire crews arrived, shortly after it was reported burning at two homes, fire inspector Jon Johnston said.
One home was destroyed in the blaze, and the exterior of a second home was damaged.
It appears the fire started outside and then spread to the buildings.
Six residents in the destroyed home have been displaced, while residents in the other home are able to return, Johnston said.
A backyard area and a shed were also destroyed in the fire, he said.
A man whom Johnston called a Good Samaritan attempted to help handle the fire and was hospitalized with minor smoke inhalation, Johnston said.