Family escapes house fire in San Jose


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There are two sides to this family's house fire -- tragedy and joy. The family of five is alive, but they've lost nearly all their belongings inside the home.

The fire broke out just after 3:30 Wednesday morning on Castleton Drive in east San Jose. Flames pushed quickly through the home, threatening adjacent ones, but those did not catch fire. Thirty firefighters worked on controlling the fire, working from the front of the house to where the brunt of the burning and damage is in the backside. Four adults and a teenager escaped safely - saved by a critical device.

"That's a great thing because the smoke detectors, like we mentioned earlier, did wake them up, did alert them that there was a fire, and they managed to escape from the house injury-free," said Capt. Steve Alvarado, San Jose fire department.

Firefighters will be here for another couple hours monitoring the home and when it turns daylight, investigators will be out here to investigate the cause. Family members said they are extremely grateful to have escaped safely. Red Cross is offering shelter for the displaced family.

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