New lights possible cause of Menlo Park home fire that killed rabbit, injured woman


MENLO PARK (KRON) — Newly installed lights are the possible cause of a Menlo Park home fire that caused extensive damage on Sunday night, leaving a woman with minor injuries, Menlo fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

The fire ignited at around 6 p.m. in a covered patio attached to a home, located at 336 Grayson Court. The fire spread to the house and damaged several bedrooms.

Nobody was inside the home at the time, fire crews said. menloparkfire09-20-16

The fire was contained by 6:25 p.m.

“After speaking with the family, fire investigators suspect new, recently installed higher wattage lighting bulbs could be to blame,” Fire Marshal Jon Johnston said in a statement. “But again, the destruction was so complete, an exact cause was elusive.”

A woman who lives at the house, which doubles as a daycare during the week, returned home prior to the arrival of firefighters and suffered minor burns to her hands while trying to save several rabbits, one of which died in the fire.

The woman was also treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation and taken to a hospital as a precaution, according to fire officials.

The fire caused about $300,000 in damage to the contents and structure of the residence, which is home to two adults, two children, a dog and the rabbits, fire officials said.

Firefighters gave the family a $100 debit card to help with recovery costs, fire officials said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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