Updated: Saratoga Quito Road House Fire Under Investigation, No Injuries

Cause of two-alarm blaze remains under investigation; no injuries are reported.

Update: 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8: The cause of a fire that destroyed a Quito Road residence in Saratoga Wednesday afternoon remains under investigation, county fire officials said this afternoon.

The blaze caused no injuries, but engulfed the large Ranch-style home located at 14391 Quito Road. The fire was reported at 3:28 p.m. and consumed the structure's wood shake roof, attic and rooms, which were fully involved when several Santa Clara County fire engines responded.

Helping battle the fire were also rescue trucks, one engine initiating a so-called "fire attack" through the home's front door with a hose line from a hydrant across Quito Road. A subsequent fire attack was supported with other hose lines, according to fire personnel.

The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes, with firefighters working to secure utilities. However, the cleanup effort lasted into the night. Representatives from PG&E and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office also responded, along with five volunteers.


Update: 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7: There are no injuries stemming from a residential fire that broke out this afternoon at 14391 Quito Road, residents are reporting.

According to nearby neighbor Meg Miranda, the two-alarm blaze burnt the home's old roof shingles and Quito Road will be closed for a few hours while Santa Clara County fire personnel clean up the mess.

"The residents are all fine," Miranda said, who lives about three blocks from the fire scene.


A fire this afternoon at a home at 14391 Quito Road in Saratoga was being reported as a two-alarm blaze by Santa Clara County fire officials.

Saratoga resident Meg Miranda said traffic was being redirected by public safety personnel on Quito and Old Adobe roads.

"I was seeing big plumes of smoke from Marshall Lane School and then I could hear a lot of fire trucks approaching the area," said Miranda, who lives about three blocks away from the inferno.

A fire dispatcher said Santa Clara County Fire Battalion Chief Brad Darbro was responding to the scene. 

A two-alarm fire means the volume of apparatus going to attend the fire is lower than a three- or four-alarm incident, the dispatcher said.

—Saratoga Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Poot November 08, 2012 at 03:32 AM
OK, the shingles caught on fire... and what caused that?
Sheila Sanchez November 08, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Hi Poot, waiting for the battalion chief to return our calls to tell us. Stay tuned for the next update. At least we have these amazing photos from Brian Floyd! Do you live near the home? Did you see the fire?
becky mcgraw November 08, 2012 at 04:47 AM
I live immediately behind the fire. I heard a man groaning and cursing, then heard a lady say something about an injury, then the sirens, and then could see the blaze from my backyard. Not sure what happened to cause an injury or the fire...
Sheila Sanchez November 08, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Oh, wow, Becky ... hope you're all OK. That must have been scary! Hope the man is OK, too. That you could see the flames from your backyard, yikes, that must have been frightening. Sorry to hear about this incident. Must be horrible to lose your home to something like this. Really hoping there are no injuries. Do you know if the occupants need help? Were they relocated by the Red Cross? Let us know what we can do to help. Thank you.


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