Three Fires Stretch San Jose Firefighter Department Thin

Firefighters late Friday and early Saturday battled three fires, stretching the resources of the city’s fire department, reports San Jose Mercury News.

Dual two-alarm fires that erupted about an hour apart caused no injuries but resulted in extensive damage and left five people without a home.

Firefighters responded to a fire at a multiunit residence on Delbarr Court, just after 10 p.m., said fire Capt. Michael Van Elgort. It took firefighters more than two hours to get the fire under control.

The fire was still under investigation Saturday, but Van Elgort said it appeared to have started in the garage and was likely caused by a gas leak from the car parked there. “Since multiple stories burned quickly, we assume it was some issue with the fuel,” he said.

The second two-alarm fire started just after 11 p.m. at the Senter Foods market in South San Jose, and firefighters brought the fire under control shortly after midnight. There were no injuries reported, and the store was closed at the time. But Van Elgort said the sprinkler system was activated and caused extensive water and smoke damage.

The cause of that fire is also under investigation.

About the same time the two-alarm fires erupted, firefighters also responded to a crash on Interstate 280 north near Seventh Street. No serious injuries were reported.

The third fire started at about 3:30 a.m. in the basement of a home on the 900 block of South First Street, but the fire was quickly extinguished, Van Elgort said.

He said about seven stations, representing “the majority of our workforce,” were dispatched to the three fires and the crash.

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