Fire sweeps vacant San Jose home

On Friday, May 6, 2011 at 7:11 PM, units of the San José Fire Department responded to reports of a basement fire in a vacant one-story, single family dwelling at 1178 Park Avenue near Meridian Avenue.

Arriving crews were confronted with heavy fire and smoke showing from the front of the home and an adjacent structure that was immediately threatened. Firefighters were able to extinguish much of the exterior fire, but the Victorian-style home's construction allowed for flames to travel inside the walls eventually reaching the attic.

As the fire consumed a large portion of the roof, firefighters initiated a defensive operation using exterior hand lines to protect the neighboring structure and hit hot spots. Crews worked for almost two hours to fully control the blaze.

The fire appeared to have started in the home's basement and may have been caused by transients. There were no injuries to either civilians or firefighters.

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