Blaze guts San José strip mall

Just before 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2007 firefighters from the San José Fire Department responded to a report of fire in a restaurant at 1132 S. De Anza Blvd., on the city's west side.

Upon their arrival first due Engine Company 15 discovered heavy fire conditions with flames through the roof of a multi-unit strip mall. Within minutes a second and third-alarms were called to contend with the rapidly spreading blaze.

As the fire progressed the incident commander (BC Ivan Lee) and operations chief (BC Jim Stunkel) called for a defensive operation including the deployment of two ladder pipes, multiple hand lines, at least one portable monitor, and Engine 10's deck gun.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a single structure while protecting exposures, one to the east (C-side) and one to the south (D-side), from sustaining any damage. The fire was determined to be under control just over two hours after the first units arrived on scene. No injuries were reported.

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