Family displaced by house fire in San Jose

A family was displaced after a fire broke out at their home in San Jose early Wednesday morning.
April 9, 2014 1:31:43 PM PDT
San Jose firefighters are looking for the cause of a bizarre fire that left a family displaced and for a while panicked about their pets.

The good news is the family is OK and returned to the home to collect some of the things that they were able to salvage from their home.

The family was forced from their home shortly after the fire broke out at 2 a.m. on Wednesday at a southeast San Jose neighborhood.

"My brother knock on the door and say, 'get out, get out there's a fire.' Then I woke up my husband and my daughter and when we ran out here we see fire already," homeowner Lily Tran said.

San Jose firefighters responded to the fire, primarily contained to the garage. The home is located west of Highway 101 near Capitol Expressway.

The charred stucco frame was the only thing that remained of the single-family home. A Toyota Sequoia was completely burned and a boat was severely damaged.

The Tran family returned to see the extent of the damage in the daylight, still wearing the same clothes they were wearing when the fire started and forced them to run away

"It was raging, it was pretty scary," neighbor Anne Phan said.

Phan lives next door and captured video of the fire burning on her cell phone.

"I told my husband to run because it might explode because there's cars and boats in the driveway and there's gasoline," Phan said.

Crews had the fire under control in about an hour, but the Trans will have to find another place to live.

The family says their two small dogs ran from the backyard when the fire started, but were both found an hour later.


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