Stubborn Three-Alarm Fire Strikes San Jose Storage Facility

On Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 6:59 PM, units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a unit inside a self storage facility at 6020 Monterey Road on San Jose's south side.

The crew of Engine 27 arrived on scene to find a working fire in at least one unit of the single story concrete structure. As additional fire apparatus arrived, firefighters worked to force entry into multiple storage units to locate the seat of the fire. Within a matter of minutes the fire had found its way through the roof and began to spread horizontally forcing firefighters to vacate the roof and deploy two aerial master streams from Truck 13 and Truck 16.

With the fire continuing to spread, Incident Commander, Battalion Chief Susan Salinger (13C), called for a second and third alarms. Various mutual aid resources responded including an overhead task force comprised of chief officers from CAL FIRE, and the Mountain View and Santa Clara County Fire Departments.

Because firefighters could not be certain of exactly what was burning within the various units a shelter-in-place order was issued. There were no reported injuries to either area residents or firefighters.

Almost 12-hours after firefighters began operations smoke could still be seen rising from some of the storage units.
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