Blaze destroys two commercial structures in San José’s Japantown

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, at approximately 3:30 pm, units of the San José Fire Department responded to multiple reports of a vegetation fire in the area of North 7th Street and Jackson Avenue in the Japantown neighborhood north of Downtown San José.

As units began to arrive in the area they quickly determined that at least one building was involved with heavy smoke and fire showing from a one-story corrugated metal structure housing a garage. According to witnesses two men attempted to extinguish the fire, which appeared to start behind the garage, with a garden hose. Unable to do so the fire quickly extended to the garage in which the men had been working and continued to extend to a second adjacent structure.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the two affected buildings limiting damage and preventing the fire from spreading to neighboring properties. The two alarm blaze was under control in less than an hour. No injuries were reported.

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