Victim of SJ two-alarm fire dies

March 25, 2008 10:34:15 AM PDT
A man died at an area hospital this morning after being injured in a two-alarm fire that broke out in a San Jose apartment complex, according to the San Jose Fire Department.

At about 7:25 a.m., a woman smelled smoke as she was cooking in a unit of a building at 150 Graham Ave. The woman looked outside of her apartment and saw smoke coming from a neighbor's unit, Alvarado said. She knocked on the neighbor's door, but was unable to alert the resident of the fire, according to Alvarado.

The woman then evacuated the complex alongside her own children and other residents of the building, Alvarado said.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke coming from the second-floor unit. Fire personnel managed to enter the burning unit and pulled a man out of the building, Alvarado said.

Firefighters initiated medical treatment and CPR on the victim at the scene before transporting the man, who sustained critical injuries, to an area hospital, according to Alvarado.

A total of approximately 65 firefighters brought the blaze under control at 8:08 a.m., according to Alvarado.

The fire caused an estimated $40,000 of damage to the structure and $10,000 of damage to contents, Alvarado said.

Fire investigators remain at the building in an effort to determine the cause of the blaze.


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