Three-Alarm San Jose Fire Caused by Fireworks

On Friday, July 2, 2010 at 1:23 PM units of the Santa Clara County and San Jose Fire Departments responded to multiple reports of an outside fire endangering an apartment building at 2275 South Bascom Avenue in Campbell, California.

County Fire Engine 11 reported smoke showing while en route prompting San Jose Fire Battalion Chief Robert Sapien to strike a second alarm. The initial size-up described heavy smoke and fire showing from two well-involved apartment units with an aggressive offensive fire attack initiated.

Firefighters worked quickly to stretch hose lines and press an interior attack to prevent the fire from progressing beyond the two involved units. Truck crews provided vertical ventilation to allow smoke and heat to escape the structure.

The majority of the flames were extinguished within 30-minutes as crews doused occasional flare ups and conducted overhaul operations.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a sparkler that ignited a sofa outside of a first floor apartment.
Flames and smoke left 10 adults and 10 children homeless with the Red Cross providing assistance for those displaced.
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