Three-Alarm Fire Destroys San Jose Home

On Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 12:12 AM, units of the San Jose Fire Department under the direction of Battalion Chief Gary Galasso responded to multiple 9-1-1 reports of a shed on fire with explosions heard to the rear of a home at 1475 Newport Avenue in the city's Willow Glen neighborhood.

First due Engine 6 arrived on scene and confirmed that a working fire had apparently extended from an attached shed to the second floor and attic of a 4,000 square foot home. Additional resources were quickly called to the scene to contend with the blaze.

The home's six occupants were able to escape the burning structure without injury while firefighters pressed a defensive attack that included the use of an elevated master stream and multiple hand lines.

Unfortunately the home was a complete loss, but firefighters were able to successfully protect adjacent homes from flying embers. The fire was declared contained after approximately three and a half hours of firefighting. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
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