Four-Alarm Fire Destroys San Jose Home

On Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 12:30 PM, units of the San Jose Fire Department, assisted by mutual aid companies from the City of Santa Clara and Milpitas Fire Departments, responded to a structure fire in a one-story single family dwelling at 691 West San Carlos Street.

Upon their arrival firefighters discovered the fire had burned into the attic space and had already begun to consume the roof. Due to the rapid spread and intensity of the blaze Battalion Chief Kevin Conant quickly transitioned to a defensive strategy to contain the flames.

The home, originally built in 1915 using balloon frame construction, made containing the blaze extremely difficult as the fire was able to readily travel throughout the structure and eventually reach and consume the attic and roof.

With firefighters already confronting a stubborn fire, they were also challenged by ambient afternoon air temperatures in the low 90s requiring fresh crews to be brought in to conduct extensive overhaul.

The fire was contained in about two hours, but not before two firefighters required medical attention, one for heat exhaustion and the other for a minor leg injury.
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