Off-Duty Firefighters Take Quick Action at San Jose Structure Fire

On Sunday, October 3, 2010, just before 10:00 AM, units of the San Jose Fire Department were dispatched to reports of a column of smoke seen in an area southeast of Pioneer High School in Station 17's first due.

While firefighters were en route to the area two off-duty firefighters in the neighborhood advised San Jose Fire dispatchers of the exact location of the blaze in a two-story fourplex at 5751 Via Monte Drive.

Prior to the arrival of the first fire apparatus the off-duty firefighters quickly set about evacuating the structure, securing utilities, and initiated fire suppression efforts with an available garden hose. The fire would eventually grow to two-alarms requiring almost an hour before being contained.

One firefighter was transported to a local hospital after sustaining a shoulder injury when he fell through a weakened portion of the second story floor and one resident was treated at the scene for contusions to his hands after breaking the glass case to retrieve a fire extinguisher.

The off-duty firefighters were in the neighborhood meeting with local voters to build support against Measure V, a city ballot measure intended to eliminate the current system of arbitration used to settle compensation issues between the city and firefighters.
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