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Multi-alarm fire strikes Los Gatos home

On Sunday, May 17, 2009 at approximately 4:00 PM, units of the Santa Clara County Fire Department responded to reports of a residential structure fire in a two-story home at 224 Calle Marguerita in Los Gatos, California.

Almost immediately after receiving the initial dispatch, Battalion 3, while en route, reported smoke showing and ordered a full structure response. Upon arrival, crews discovered a two-story home involved in fire. An aggressive fire attack and search of the home were hampered by ambient temperatures hovering near the 100 degree mark.

As fire breached the attic space of the home additional companies were dispatched to the scene to relieve firefighters as they entered rehab. A request for additional resources brought a mutual aid response from the San Jose Fire Department, including one truck, a Battalion Chief, and one engine company.

Searches revealed that no one was home at the time of the fire, but firefighters were able to rescue one dog and a litter of puppies.

The cause of the fire was determined to be spontaneous combustion of wood stain that was located on the outside of the house. Flames ignited the exterior wall and eventually reached the attic space. One firefighter suffered a minor knee injury during fireground operations and damage to the home was estimated to be $500,000.

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