A two-alarm fire at 1100 Norton Street in the Shoreview neighborhood with flames that could be spotted from Highway 101 destroyed one building and damaged two others late Thursday morning.

The fire started at around 11 a.m. in an out building attached to the back of a home. It spread to the home while wind spread it to a different structure on an adjacent property about 4 feet away, said Robert Marshall, fire marshal for the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department.

The fire prompted the temporary closure of several nearby streets and the Kehoe Avenue off-ramp from Highway 101. The first building was a total loss, the home attached to it was significantly damaged and the third was about 50 percent damaged, Marshall said.

The cause is being investigated but was not suspicious, Marshall said.

About seven people were reported to have been displaced and there were initial reports there was a rescue situation though the two people missing were found elsewhere later. The fire was knocked down in about 45 minutes and there were no injuries, Marshall said.

There were 14 pieces of equipment dispatched with about 30 firefighters. No one was injured, Marshall said.

The scene was cleared about 5 1/2 hours after the fire started. Officials from Pacific Gas and Electric said a few dozen customers were without power as a pole was damaged during the fire and would need to be replaced. Power was expected to be restored by Thursday evening.

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Peninsula cities can expect more residential fires with the lack of code enforcement. The single family residential properties used as motels are death traps. Code enforcement on the peninsula has been ignored in the name of housing needs. Bull, it’s extortion by absentee property owners taking advantage of desperate people. Seven to nine people with many cars, adaptive wiring hookups and tons of code violations, that’s a death trap. Peninsula fire chiefs ignore dangerous violations out of carrier fear. Their carrier is guided by politicians not morals, ethics, training and experience. How many peninsula fire chiefs would live in these death structures, none, to dangerous. But good enough for some. Lack of code enforcement is the reason for the fire, know matter how it started. The Oakland ghost fire is a perfect example. Politicians playing politics while knowingly ignoring fire hazards. Then blame the poor person sleeping in a closet. The tax payer will pay and so will the victims. Sleep tight chiefs it’s not your neighborhood or family in danger. Not to mention firefighters will need to run in and safe lives in these death traps, not chiefs.

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