SJ auto repair shop fire determined as arson

November 10, 2010 2:16:04 PM PST
A fire that destroyed an auto body and repair shop in San Jose on Tuesday night was arson, a fire captain said today.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 8:56 p.m. Tuesday at Auto Market & Truck, located at 140 San Jose Ave. Firefighters arrived and found the 10,000-square-foot building and three vehicles on fire.

The blaze, which was extinguished in about 30 minutes, caused about $1.5 million in damage, San Jose fire Capt. Chuck Rangel said.

Investigators have determined the blaze was arson-related, but Rangel said he could not yet specify how that was determined.

"We're following some really good leads," he said.

A police officer responding to the scene suffered minor smoke inhalation, but was treated at the scene and released, Rangel said.

A nearby business and a house were initially threatened by the blaze. Three people evacuated from the home were allowed to return once the fire was under control.


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