Four-Alarm Blaze Leaves 150 Homeless

At approximately 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2007, units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting smoke inside a structure and an alarm sounding at the Santa Teresa Apartments located at 6250 Santa Teresa Boulevard on San Jose's south side.

First due Engine 27 (C shift) arrived on scene to find heavy fire and smoke conditions on the third floor and from the roof of the three-story, 50-unit apartment building. A second-alarm was quickly struck as the scope of the blaze became apparent.

With fire sweeping through the structure, a third and fourth alarms were called, summoning approximately 100 firefighters to the scene to contend with evacuation and fire suppression duties.

The blaze was finally declared contained at 8:40 p.m. and the American Red Cross began the process of finding lodging for displaced residents. Firefighters rescued numerous pets including dogs, cats and birds during the incident. There were no reported injuries to either firefighters or civilians.

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