Three-alarm fire destroys San José home, damages others
On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM, units of the San José Fire Department responded to multiple reports of an explosion and fire in a residential structure at 3576 Sydney Avenue in East San José.
First due Engine Company 19 advised dispatch that smoke could be seen from the station about a mile away from the burning home. Upon their arrival firefighters stretched an attack line into place while striking a second-alarm.
With the structure now fully involved in fire the crew of Engine 19 was forced to back out and quickly transition to a defensive strategy. Moments later the roof of the home collapsed and fire began to impinge on neighboring residences. Incident Commander, Battalion Chief Mary Guiterrez, struck a third-alarm as firefighters worked to contain the fire to the original fire building.
While firefighters battled the house blaze a second fire broke out two blocks away burning several juniper trees and damaging a trellis attached to a home. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish that fire and prevent additional damage to surrounding structures.
The initial fire completely destroyed the home leaving 14 residents displaced. The cause of the fire appeared to be an exploding propane cylinder attached to an outdoor grill.Units assigned to this incident included:
Battalion 2, Battalion 29, Battalion 1
4A3, 4S5, 4A10, Med 30
Engine 23, Engine 19, Engine 25, Engine 5,
Engine 2, Engine 29, Engine 16, Engine 8
Truck 29, USAR 34A, USAR 34B, Truck 2, Truck 1
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