SJ house fires under control

March 24, 2009 7:28:54 PM PDT
As fire crews worked to control a blaze that destroyed a San Jose home this afternoon, a windblown ember ignited a second fire that ripped through a house about a block away, a fire captain said.

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Fire crews responded to the first house at 141 Juneberry Court at about 4:20 p.m. on reports of the fire, which appears to have started in the roof of the single-story home, fire Capt. Barry Stallard said.

Stallard said the wooden roof collapsed into the single-family house and it appears to be a complete loss.

That fire was controlled at about 5:15 p.m.

However, the wind apparently blew an ember from the home on Juneberry Court about a block away, starting another fire at 128 Sugar Maple Drive, Stallard said.

The wooden roof of that home was "pretty much fully involved" in flames at about 5:10 p.m., according to Stallard, who said that fire was controlled at 5:36 p.m.

A firefighter suffered a back injury while combating the second blaze and was transported to a local hospital, Stallard said. Additionally, a wheelchair-bound resident of a neighboring home suffered some smoke inhalation.

Firefighters managed to rescue a black Labrador retriever from the home.

Stallard said both homes appeared to be complete losses and estimated damage at about $400,000 to each home.

The American Red Cross responded to assist displaced residents.

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