Redwood City shoe repair store destroyed in blaze

 

REDWOOD CITY (KRON, BCN) — A Redwood City shoe repair store caught fire Thursday afternoon, according to the Redwood City Fire Department.

The fire happened at about 2:18 p.m., at the store on 3205 Middlefield Road near the 5th Street intersection.

At least three stores have been red-tagged as a result of the fire. The fire caused extensive damage inside the shoe repair shop, where the ceiling and a wall collapsed at the back of the store where the fire started. The bookstore had some smoke damage, and the upstairs residential unit sustained smoke damage and fire damage to the floor and walls, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

The fire also displaced two residents, according to Schapelhouman. The occupants of the shoe repair shop, a neighboring religious bookstore and a residential unit on the second floor of the building were able to escape without injury.

User submitted video of the fire shows heavy smoke billowing out of the front door and the rear of the building.

Schapelhouman estimated structural damage at around $100,000 and the damage to contents at around $50,000. The residents of the apartment were displaced and were being assisted today by the American Red Cross.

Schapelhouman said fire crews would remain on watch tonight to make sure the fire did not reignite.

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