Officials in Santa Clara County say Christmas Day fire at Los Altos shopping center is ‘under control’, rated as three-alarm.

A three-alarm fire broke out at a commercial building in Los Altos on Christmas morning. The fire was brought under control by 5:20 p.m., with no reported injuries. The blaze started at around 4:50 a.m. in a two-story shopping center and led to the closure of eastbound El Camino Real between San Antonio Road and Sherwood Avenue.

According to Santa Clara County fire officials, the fire resulted in a roof collapse, making it difficult for firefighters to fully extinguish the flames. The fire affected multiple businesses in the shopping center, with some businesses including an SAT prep center, a café, and a salon. Fortunately, the incident occurred while all the businesses were closed, so no one was inside at the time.

The owner of a judo and martial arts school located in the building expressed shock and devastation upon learning about the fire. His business had only been open for a year, and the fire has caused significant damage.

Neighbor Carey Wong, who lives nearby, described waking up to the smell of smoke, initially thinking it was coming from his apartment. He expressed sympathy for the affected businesses in the area.

Firefighters were unable to enter the building due to the roof collapse, prompting a more defensive firefighting approach. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Stay tuned to ABC7 News for updates on this developing story.


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