San José Fire tackles three-alarm storage facility fire
On Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 0620 hours, units of the San José Fire Department responded to multiple 9-1-1 reports of smoke seen in the vicinity of Interstate Highway 280 and McLaughlin Avenue, possibly coming from the Public Storage facility at 925 Felipe Avenue.
While en route, firefighters confirmed heavy smoke showing from the area and immediately struck a second-alarm. A separate full first alarm response had already been started to a nearby location due to callers placing the fire in two different locations. Upon their arrival firefighters were confronted with a two story metal self storage facility with heavy fire conditions showing.
Firefighters quickly deployed multiple attack lines as forcible entry efforts got underway. Once rollup doors were cut and breached the long process of extinguishing the fire began. The main challenge confronting firefighters was the volume of burning material inside each storage unit eventually requiring intensive overhaul.
The main body of fire was knocked down relatively quickly, but hotspots in four units, and structural instability kept firefighters busy for several hours. There were no injuries and firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading throughout an entire wing of the storage facility.Units assigned to this incident included:
Battalion 1, Battalion 2, Battalion 10, Battalion 13
Engine 1, Engine 16, Engine 2, Engine 26, Engine 3, Engine 5, Engine 8
Truck 16, Truck 1, Truck 2, Truck 30
USAR 34A, USAR 34B
Squad 26, Squad 30, Squad 34, Squad 4
Med 30, Air Unit 30, Command Van 1, 4A10, 4B97
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