Fire causes roughly $150,000 in damage to 3 apartments

A dozen residents of a large apartment building in San Jose were evacuated from their homes tonight when a two-alarm fire broke out.

July 18, 2011 11:32:42 PM PDT
A dozen residents of a large apartment building in San Jose were evacuated from their homes tonight when a two-alarm fire broke out, a San Jose fire captain said.

Firefighters responded to a two-story apartment building near the intersection of Lanai and Waverly avenues to battle the blaze, which broke out in one of the units at about 7:30 p.m., Capt. Rob Brown said.

The fire, which affected two other units, had been knocked down by 8:20 p.m., was controlled minutes after 9 p.m., Brown said.

No injuries were reported, and 12 residents from the three units were evacuated. Brown said that the American Red Cross was assisting those apartment dwellers in arranging other accommodations for the night.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and Brown said an initial assessment indicates the fire caused roughly $150,000 in damage to the structure and its contents.

While the unit where the fire broke out was the most severely affected of the three, the attics and ceilings of the other two apartments were damaged when the fire spread into that space, Brown said.


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