Skip to main content

News / Articles

Images by Rob Mathews Published in the Palo Alto Weekly

Ellen Gilkerson | Published on 1/7/2024

Two images by PACC member Rob Mathews of the early Christmas morning 3-alarm fire near Chef Chu’s in Los Altos were published in the online and paper versions of the Palo Alto Weekly.

Rob says:  Around 5:30 on Christmas morning, my wife and I were awakened by lots of sirens.  There was a three-alarm fire at 4600 El Camino Real, near Chef Chu's, and about 3 blocks from our house.  I didn't see anyone else taking photos except a camera woman taking video for TV news.  I took quite a few photos and offered them to local news services. Palo Alto weekly took me up on my offer, opting to use this overview photo I shot with my phone from El Camino looking east. I want to thank the Crop Circle for advice on the second, firefighter photo, and special thanks for Wright for suggesting I contact the Weekly.

A vivid image of firetrucks and flames appeared in the January 4 online article, Christmas Day fire still under investigation, part of El Camino still closed:

MbrInNews 2024_01 Mathews Fire1

Rob’s image that shows firefighters at work appeared in the January 5 issue of the Weekly in the Upfront section on page 9, El Camino Real remains partially closed after fire near Chef Chu’s.  If you don’t have a copy, you can still see the pdf:

MbrInNews 2024_01 Mathews Fire2

The Palo Alto Weekly has been a source of local news for 44 years and has recently become a nonprofit organization.





Palo Alto Weekly / Palo Alto Online:

  450 Cambridge Avenue

  Palo Alto 94306


  To subscribe or make a donation:


Christmas Day Fire: (see page 9)