Crews battle Gilroy house fire in extreme heat

A raging fire in Gilroy has all but burned a large home all the way to the ground. Crews have been battling the blaze in dangerous fire conditions, including extreme heat.

The fire is at Geri Lane and Day Road. Crews responded with aggressiveness we usually only see with wildland fires.

At the peak of the fire, flames shot 10 to 20 feet off of the roof.

The Gilroy Fire Department says this started as a grass fire. They say they got the call at about 1:40 p.m.

When crews got on scene, they discovered that the fire had spread from the grass into the attic of the home.

One man in his 50s or early 60s was safely evacuated. He was not injured.

A chicken coop, however, did go up in flames.

Firefighters had import all of the water and tankers in their engines, so they quickly ran out.

At one point they brought in a bucket to do water drops. They also hand stretched a line over to a nearby subdivision about a quarter mile away to hook up to a hydrant.

Along with the water complications, crews dealt with extreme heat. The temperature was estimated at nearly 100 degrees.

To try to accommodate for the heat, CAL FIRE brought in extra crews and rotated them in and out very frequently.

The good news is that at this point the fire is mainly under control.

Crews do, however, expect to remain on scene for several hours to keep a close watch on the hotspots.
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