Six-Alarm Fire at Redwood City (CA) Apartment

A six-alarm fire ripped through a Redwood City apartment Thursday morning, forcing some residents to use rock climbing gear to escape to safety, reports NBC Bay Area.

No major injuries and no deaths were reported at the 75-unit Terrace Apartments during the massive fire first reported on the fourth floor about 5:30 a.m. There were four injuries — two moderate and two minor, according to fire officials.

A total of 75 people were displaced.

Flames shot through the four-story building, and at one point, Redwood City firefighters worried the fire would turn out to be a “multi-casualty” incident. It took crews about four hours to get the fire under control.

Hours after the fire was extinguished, as a precaution, police used cadaver dogs to search the rubble for any more victims.

Redwood City Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said people were lucky to get out, as the older building was not equipped with sprinklers. As of 2008, all newly built apartment buildings require sprinklers. Many older buildings are grandfathered in so that they don’t have to — by state code — install them.

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