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Several displaced by three-alarm fire: Firefighters believe San Mateo apartment blaze started in dryer vent
July 16, 2013, 05:00 AM By Sally Schilling Daily Journal

Sally Schilling/Daily Journal Cleanup crews worked to restore Bridgepointe Apartments after a fire displaced tenants in six units.

Several San Mateo residents were displaced after a three-alarm fire started in a dryer vent in an apartment building at 2200 Bridgepointe Parkway early Tuesday morning. 

Five to 10 tenants were unable to return to six of the units in the building, said San Mateo Fire Chief Mike Keefe.

Resident David Richards saw smoke coming from the second and third stories of his building in the Bridgepointe Apartments complex located across from Bridgepointe Shopping Center in San Mateo. The entire building was evacuated for about three hours, he said.

Richards was able to return to his apartment, but wondered if everyone else was OK.

There were no injuries, according to Keefe.

The fire ignited from a dryer vent inside a wall in a unit on the second floor just before 1 a.m.

Foster City, Cal Fire, Central County Fire, Belmont, Redwood City and Millbrae all provided additional equipment to extinguish the flames. The crews doused the fire in about 30 minutes and then spent a couple hours knocking down the walls in which the fire spread to discover the source, said Keefe. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said.

On Monday afternoon, restoration and cleanup crews worked to restore the charred and smoke-damaged units in the building.

Keefe did not know the amount of the damage.

Officials from Bridgepointe Apartments did not wish to comment and have yet to release a statement regarding the incident.

According to the front office, the company is taking care of the residents.

The fire was in one of the apartment buildings in the complex that are undergoing construction. The construction involves replacing concrete flooring and is believed to be unrelated to the fire, according to the Bridgepointe Apartments officials.



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