Five displaces by two-alarm fire

January 19, 2009 2:12:48 PM PST
Five residents have been displaced by a two-alarm fire that burned through an apartment complex in San Jose Sunday night and Monday morning.

Two units of a four-unit complex were rendered uninhabitable by a fire that started at around 11 p.m. Sunday, and burned for more than an hour until it was controlled at 12:15 a.m. Monday, fire Captain Robert Culdertson said.

Firefighters responding to the scene at 11:06 p.m. found one unit fully engulfed in flames, Culdertson said, who reported later that that unit had been destroyed.

A second unit was determined by investigators to be about 20 percent destroyed due to smoke, water, and some fire that reached it through a common wall it shared with the destroyed home, Culdertson said.

Four adults and one child were displaced by the blaze, and Red Cross representatives were at the scene to assist with alternative temporary housing, Culdertson said.

No one was injured in the fire, Culdertson said.

The fire caused $750,000 in damage to the destroyed home and $150,000 to the contents and structure of the other, Culdertson said.

The exact cause remains under investigation.