Three-alarm fire sweeps vacant San Jose structure

On Monday, October 29, 2012 at 3:53 AM, units of the San José Fire Department responded to a report of fire in a commercial structure at 17600 Almaden Road. Just after leaving the station, first due Engine Company 28 (CA T. Engler) reported a large column of smoke showing. Once on scene firefighters confirmed a working fire in a 9,200 square foot concrete tilt-up building that once housed the Almaden Valley Gymnastics Club.

The initial fireground size-up confirmed that the structure was vacant with fire working in several areas of the interior. As crews stretched and placed hose lines into operation on the exterior of the building fire began to vent through the roof on the B/C corner. Truck 13 was tasked with setting up an aerial master stream operation that succeeded in knocking down much of the visible fire. Over 50 firefighters were called to the scene with the fire called under control at 6:46 AM. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is considered suspicious.

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