South San José Homes Burn in Three-Alarm Blaze

On Sunday, June 12, 2015, at 3:03 PM, units of the San José Fire Department responded to the 4900 block of Snow Drive in South San José after receiving reports of smoke in the area. Shortly after being dispatched the crew of Engine 18 reported a large column of smoke showing while en route.

Upon arrival the company officer of Engine 18 confirmed a well-involved residential fire in a one-story home with exposures becoming involved. A second-alarm was struck and the transition from an offensive strategy to defensive operations commenced as crews worked to knockdown fire in multiple structures. Three homes were either destroyed or heavily damaged while two other dwellings suffered minor damage.

With dry, windy conditions, embers from the structure blazes ignited a fast moving vegetation fire along southbound Highway 101 running directly behind the involved homes. Mutual aid companies from CAL FIRE assisted San José Firefighters were able to contain the fire at 5:38 PM.

There were no injuries reported and the Red Cross was requested to assist 12 people left homeless by the fire.

San José Fire Department Assignment:

Battalion 13, Battalion 2, Battalion 10, Battalion 1, Med 30
Engine 18, Engine 24, Engine 13, Engine 12, Engine 27, Engine 9, Engine 17, Engine 3, Engine 26
Engine 612, Engine 624, Engine 627, Squad 24, Squad 26
Truck 3, Truck 2, Truck 13, Truck 30, Truck 35
Water Tender 13, Water Tender 18, Air Unit 30

CAL FIRE Assignment:

Battalion 1613, Engine 1667, Engine 1671, , Engine 67, Water Tender 67

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