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Woodside Rd. Closed Between Hess and Bonita Due to Fire

Motorist Advisory – Woodside Road Closed from Bonita to Hess

Redwood City firefighters, aided by crews from six nearby cities and San Mateo County, have been battling a six-alarm fire at a four-story apartment building located at 531 Woodside Road since approximately 1:47 am this morning (Sunday, July 7). At present (approximately 9:35 am Sunday) the fire is under control but is still active, with firefighters and equipment on site.

Woodside Road (State Route 84) is CLOSED in both directions from Bonita Avenue to Hess Avenue due to the firefighting activity.

Motorists are advised to avoid Woodside Road in this area, and use alternate routes such as Redwood Avenue, Poplar Avenue, Oak Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue, or Jefferson Avenue, and to avoid using Hudson Street north of Woodside Road as it is blocked at Woodside.

It is anticipated that Woodside Road will remain closed at this location for a significant portion of the day today, and potentially into the evening.

The fire displaced approximately 97 tenants at this 72-unit apartment building. A shelter was set up at Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road, for residents needing a temporary location, and the Red Cross is assisting. It’s reported that 17 people were transported to area hospitals with minor-to-moderate injuries, including two firefighters. The injuries are not considered life-threating. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

At its peak, the incident included approximately 100 firefighters, 20 engines, and seven ladder trucks. In addition, Redwood City Police, the San Mateo County Sheriff, and California Highway Patrol are also involved.


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