Fire rips through South San Jose home

Just before 4:00 AM, July 5, 2009 units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 6484 Cranbrook Court on the city's south side. Upon their arrival, first due Engine Company 22 discovered heavy fire conditions throughout much of the three-story home.

After stretching an attack line and entering the structure through the front door, firefighters were driven back by intense heat and smoke prompting a quick transition to a defensive operation.

According to the occupants, smoke detectors alerted them to the blaze, allowing all four to escape without injury, including two small dogs. Unfortunately the home and most of its contents were either damaged or destroyed.

Approximately 50 firefighters, under the direction of Incident Commander Kevin Conant, Operations Chief Paul Schuller, and Department Safety Officer Jaun Diaz, were able to prevent the flames from spreading to adjacent structures.

One firefighter was injured and transported to an area hospital, while no civilians were injured.

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