Two-alarm fire destroys San José apartment units

Several residents of a South San José apartment complex were displaced from their homes after a two-alarm fire ignited and spread from a second floor apartment into the structure's attic.

Units of the San José Fire Department were dispatched to 3987 Ellmar Oaks at 4:15 PM as callers to 9-1-1 reported a fire on a second floor balcony that may have been started by a barbecue.

Battalion 13 (BC Seal) confirmed a column of smoke showing while en route. Engine Company 18 arrived shortly after to discover heavy fire and smoke showing from the exterior of the two story multiple unit apartment building.

Firefighters stretched lines into place quickly knocking down the balcony fire. Unfortunately flames had already spread from the exterior to the structure's attic moving laterally. Crews made their way into adjacent apartments and began to pull ceiling and attack the fire overhead.

The bulk of the fire was extinguished within the first 30-minutes as firefighters transitioned to salvage and overhaul. Conditions during operations were made even more challenging than normal by the hot weather with the temperature well over 90 degrees at the time of the fire.

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