Fire destroys apartment in South San Jose, displaces 9
SAN JOSE » An early-morning fire spread rapidly through a South San Jose apartment Thursday, displacing nine people who were able to flee the flames safely, according to the San Jose Fire Department.
The three- alarm blaze was first reported at 5:58 a.m. at a two- story apartment on Don Seville Court, located north of where Blossom Hill Road crosses over Highway 85.
Fire Capt. Daniel Vega said the intensity of the fire and the density of the housing where it started prompted the three- alarm call, which summoned upward of 60 firefighters to the scene. Luckily, the residents of the three affected apartments evacuated quickly.
“They woke each other up and got out of the house safely,” Vega said.
Firefighters brought the fire under control within about an hour, Vega said, adding that no injuries to either residents or firefighters were reported.
Vega said the fire started outside an apartment that took the brunt of the fire and was destroyed, under a covered patio that allowed the fire to take hold despite some overnight rains.
Still, a precise cause remained unclear. Vega said fire investigators were called to the site to examine the scene.
Two adjacent units sustained some fire damage, Vega said. Nine people, including three children, were not allowed to return to their homes. The Red Cross was summoned to provide temporary housing and other aid for the displaced residents.
A San Jose Fire Department crew extinguishes a three-alarm fire that destroyed an apartment and displaced nine people on Don Seville Court in South San Jose on Thursday morning.