Students jump from window to escape apartment fire

May 25, 2010 5:02:35 PM PDT
Two Santa Clara University students were injured and displaced after they jumped out of a window to escape a fire at their apartment complex near the campus this morning, a Santa Clara Fire Department spokesman said.

Nearly 30 firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze at the Park Central Apartments at 1050 Benton St., about a block and a half away from Santa Clara University, around 4:40 a.m., fire department spokesman Dave Parker said. The fire was controlled at about 5:20 a.m.

Parker said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appears that wood was burning near two apartment units, both of which were damaged and deemed uninhabitable.

The occupants, one male and one female student at Santa Clara University, jumped out of their second floor windows to escape the fire, which extended into their units, Parker said.

One student suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to a local hospital. The student was treated and later released.

The second student suffered an ankle injury and some facial abrasions resulting from the fall, Parker said.

Both students will be moved to other units, Parker said.

Many of the building's occupants self-evacuated after the building's fire alarm system was activated.

The fire caused an estimated $30,000 to the structure of the building and $10,000 to the contents of the units, Parker said.


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