SJ officials investigate four-alarm blaze

February 4, 2008 9:57:33 AM PST
Fire officials this morning waited for daylight to investigate an early morning four-alarm fire that burned a warehouse in San Jose, fire Capt. Barry Stallard said.

A few firefighters remained on scene to keep a watch on the building at 686 N. King Road until investigators arrived, Stallard said. Crews have not attempted to enter the estimated 30,000 square feet warehouse in the dark as a safety precaution.

The blaze was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, and a crew of about 60 responded, according to Stallard. Water from fire hoses and recent rainy weather helped keep flames from spreading outside of the structure, Stallard said. The fire was controlled at about 12:40 a.m.

Smoke continued to pour out of the warehouse after the fire had been controlled, and firefighters pumped thousands of gallons of water into the building to extinguish remaining flames and hot spots, according to Stallard.

The warehouse, in an industrial area of San Jose near Mabury Road, was reportedly vacant except for furniture in a small office, Stallard said.

The roof of the one-story warehouse collapsed, but the remaining structure appeared to be intact, Stallard said. A building engineer will have to officially determine if the structure is stable.

Officials have not determined how the fire started, Stallard said. No injuries were reported.