San José Goodwill donation center destroyed by fire

Just before 3 a.m., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to a fire in a retail occupancy at 3020 Alum Rock Avenue on the city's east side.

Upon their arrival firefighters discovered a 15,000 square-foot Goodwill donation center and store with flames visible from the roof and the front of the structure.

The incident commander, Battalion Chief Jim Voreyer, assisted by Battalion Chief Jim Stunkel, quickly transitioned from an offensive fire attack to a defensive strategy, while calling for a second and third-alarms to deal with the rapidly spreading blaze.

Unfortunately the fire had been burning for some time prior to any calls being received making extinguishment extremely difficult.

Firefighters quickly deployed three aerial master streams, multiple hand lines, and at least two deck guns from Engines 2 and 34 to contain the blaze to the fire structure. In the end the entire building and its contents were lost to the flames and smoke.

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