Fire de­stroys apart­ment in South San Jose, dis­places 9

The Mercury News Weekend - - LOCAL NEWS - SOUTHSANJOSE By Robert Sa­longa rsa­longa@ba­yare­anews­ Con­tact Robert Sa­longa at 408920- 5002.

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.

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