Woman hospitalized following Sunnyvale fire

March 5, 2009 12:35:39 PM PST
One woman was hospitalized and a home badly damaged after a fire burned for nearly an hour in a Sunnyvale neighborhood early this morning, a city spokesman said.

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Emergency crews responded to a house in the 600 block of Lakebird Drive where a fire was reported about 12:05 a.m., Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety communications Officer John Pilger said.

First responders reported seeing heavy smoke coming out of the front of the house while an attached garage and two vehicles in its driveway were fully engulfed in flames, Pilger said.

As many as eight people were reported to have been inside at the time the fire started, though it was not immediately known how many were residents, Pilger said. All managed to escape the burning house without the aid of firefighters.

One woman was transported to a local hospital to be treated for respiratory distress and was expected to recover from her injuries, Pilger said.

Firefighters had the blaze controlled by a few minutes before 1 a.m., Pilger said. There were no other injuries reported during the emergency.

Investigators were quickly at the scene to determine a cause and decide whether the home was reparable, Pilger said, adding that damages from the fire have yet to be estimated.

Representatives from the American Red Cross Santa Clara Valley Chapter assisted residents to secure temporary housing, Pilger said.

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