Residential structure fire destroys one home, damages others

On Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1458 hours, units of the San José Fire Department responded to reports of a residential structure fire at 4655 Mossbrook Circle in Station 14’s first due area. While firefighters were en route, Air 2, the San José Police Department helicopter, arrived over the scene and confirmed a well-involved structure fire in progress threatening additional homes.

The rapidly spreading blaze prompted Battalion 10 (Culbertson) to strike a second-alarm prior to the arrival of firefighters. As Engine Company 14 went on scene the company officer advised all responding units to prepare for a defensive operation on the main fire building, a single story Eichler home, that was now fully involved with flames having already extended to the B side exposure. Fire was also impinging on the D side structure with a ruptured gas line feeding the flames. Firefighters worked quickly to stretch lines into place to protect neighboring homes while attacking the blaze that had already consumed a significant portion of the neighboring home.

A third-alarm was struck approximately 30-minutes into the incident summoning additional resources to the scene and bringing firefighters from the Santa Clara County Fire Department and the City of Santa Clara Fire Department to backfill empty San José fire stations. The bulk of the fire was knocked down at 1737 hours and the incident declared under control at 2310 hours.

There were no injuries reported to residents or firefighters and Red Cross responded to assist displaced residents.

ASSIGNMENT:

Battalion 10, Battalion 1, Battalion 13, Med 30, 4A3, 4A16, 4A10, 4A9
Engine 14, Engine 15, Engine 10, Engine 17, Engine 3, Engine 4, Engine 6, Engine 7, Engine 9
Truck 14, Truck 9, Truck 13, Truck 1, Truck 30, Squad 30, Squad 4
Fire Support Unit 2, Red Cross

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