Firefighter burned during early morning San Jose blaze

On Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 2:43 AM, units of the San José Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 3776 Underwood Drive in the Blackford Neighborhood of the city. Firefighters arriving on the full-first-alarm confirmed a working fire in a two-story, multi-unit fourplex building with heavy smoke and flames showing from at least one ground floor unit.

Fire quickly extended to the second floor and the building's attic space requiring crews to commence with vertical ventilation efforts. After cutting one hole a firefighter fell through the roof, but was able to lift himself out of the burning attic after which he was taken to a local hospital to be treated for serious burns.

As crews struggled to contain the blaze to the building of origin a second and third alarms were struck summoning additional personnel to assist with extinguishment, salvage and overhaul. All told some 70 firefighters worked to control the blaze that left 17 residents homeless.

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