Car careens into Belmont homes, catches fire 

One Belmont resident and three police officers were injured after a 2006 Honda Accord crashed between two homes on Read Avenue and caught fire.

The Belmont Police Department is still investigating what led 58-year-old Peter Popovics to crash at the spot just before 1 p.m. on Monday. The car caught fire after it crashed and the blaze caused major damage to one home’s carport and moderate damage to the other house.

A Belmont Public Works Department employee — who first reported the accident after seeing smoke from the fire — tried to rescue the driver, but was unable to do so. Popovics was pulled from the burning car by Belmont police officers and transported to Stanford Hospital and treated for his injuries.

The three officers were treated for smoke inhalation and minor injuries, and one was taken to the San Mateo County Medical Center for additional evaluations.

Officers from four agencies — the Belmont-San Carlos, San Mateo, Foster City and San Mateo County Fire Departments — responded to the scene. Because it was reported as a structure fire, Belmont-San Carlos sent five fire engines, one fire truck and two battalion chiefs to the scene, Battalion Chief Mike Gaffney said.

Although all four agencies were called, only Belmont-San Carlos and county firefighters were needed to put out the fire before it spread further.

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