Fire causes $200,000 in damage at boarded-up home

May 7, 2011 12:42:14 PM PDT
An unoccupied San Jose home sustained almost $200,000 in damage when a fire tore through the building Friday night, a fire captain said.

The fire department received reports of the fire near Park and Meridian avenues at about 7:10 p.m. Arriving crews found a fully involved fire with flames shooting out of the single-story house and its basement, fire Capt. Rob Brown said.

Firefighters controlled the blaze by about 9 p.m.

According to the building's owner, the house was unoccupied, Brown said. Although the fire department has previously received reports over the past year of squatters at the house, Brown said that the house had been boarded up for some time and was vacant tonight.

The cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $200,000 in damage, remains under investigation, Brown said.

No injuries, either to civilians or firefighters, were reported.

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