Historic San Jose building destroyed by fire

On Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 9:23 PM units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a building fire at 702 South First Street near Interstate Highway 280 south of downtown.

Upon arrival the crew of Engine 3 was confronted with heavy fire showing from the second floor of a two-story wooden structure. Firefighters quickly established a defensive operation with aerial master streams and numerous hand lines placed into operation on the exterior of the building.

Battalion Chief Jeff Welch (IC, Battalion 1) would strike a second and third alarms as crews worked to contain the fire to the fire building and prevent flames from spreading to adjacent structures. Firefighters were able to knockdown the majority of the fire within 30-minutes.

The building, dating back to 1884, initially housed a saloon, blacksmith shop and plumber's workshop. In 1921, Faber's Cyclery, an iconic San Jose bike shop would open becoming an area landmark. Unfortunately the structure appears to be a complete loss.

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