The Redwood City Police Department announced this morning that eastbound Woodside Road between Hudson and Hess remains closed due to fire suppression activities at 531 Woodside Road. It is unknown at this time when eastbound Woodside will be reopened.
1st Update Sunday July 7, 5:49 pm
- Redwood City emergency personnel estimate that Woodside Road will be reopened by midnight, tonight (Sunday July 7).
- Fire and police will remain on site throughout the night to secure and monitor the building for any further flare-ups. The full investigation into the cause of the fire will get underway Monday morning.
- The number of injured has also been updated. A total of 21 people were transported to the hospital, including three firefighters. All injuries are minor-to-moderate.
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.