Two houses on Lotus Way in East Palo Alto were virtually destroyed this morning by a fire that leaped from one house to the other.
The fire was discovered at 2 a.m. by a resident in a neighboring house who called the Menlo Park Fire Department to report that the back of one of the houses was on fire.
According to Menlo Park Battalion Chief Mike Shaffer, the first house at 108 Lotus Way was already burning and the residents had escaped when firefighters arrived. Shaffer said the second house at 112 Lotus Way was just beginning to burn and the residents had not fully escaped.
The fire which grew to three alarms, involved firefighters from Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Woodside and San Mateo.
None of the residents from the two houses was injured. But two firefighters were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. One of the firefighters has been released.
While there is some speculation that the fire broke out in the back bedroom of the main house that caught fire, Shaffer would only say that the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Red Cross is assisting the residents affected by the house fires.
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