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Suspicious Two-Alarm Fire in Vacant Mountain View Hotel

The Tropicana Lodge, closed for at least one year, suffered damage to easternmost side of building.

Fire crews from three cities responded to a two-alarm fire this evening at a vacant hotel in Mountain View.

The site of the fire, the Tropicana Lodge at 1720 El Camino Real, has been closed for more than a year and has been used for Mountain View Fire training. The building also had no utilities, confirmed MVFD spokeswoman Jaime Garrett.

The department arrived on scene at 6:36 p.m. within four minutes of receiving the call and immediately called a second-alarm, which activated mutual aid assistance from Palo Alto and Santa Clara County Fire's Los Altos unit.

As a result of the holes in the roof put in place by the MVFD in training, the Sunday evening fire and smoke escaped upward, a fire fighter on the scene explained, and not horizontally through the attached attic. This assisted the fire crews.

However, the fire still spread horizontally because of the lack of doors and the holes in the walls in the building.

According to a fire fighter, the structure burned on both the front and backside of the easternmost side of the building.

The deputy fire marshal arrived on scene to investigate and told Patch that police have received reports of people entering and leaving the fenced property. However, he couldn't arrive at any conclusion about it Sunday evening before he completed his investigation.

The Mountain View Police Department closed all westbound lanes of El Camino Real between Mariposa and Escuela Avenues due to the fire.

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  • No Fire Found During Evacuation of Santa Clara County Building

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Jeffrey Bottaro April 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM
The firemen are coming. There is going to be a fire.

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