Three-alarm fire destroys home, cars

April 4, 2009 7:21:00 PM PDT
Firefighters in San Jose have controlled a blaze that burned at a home for nearly six hours Saturday morning and destroyed five cars, a carport, and affected three neighboring apartment complexes, a fire captain said.

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Crews responded to a report of fire at 5:15 a.m. that investigators believe started in a shared neighborhood carport before spreading to a house at 145 N. Fifth St., San Jose Fire Department Capt. Robert Culbertson said.

Firefighters had the fire under control by about 11:10 a.m., Culbertson said.

Three nearby apartment complexes had heat damage, including broken windows, Culbertson said. Residents who were evacuated were allowed back inside the buildings.

The blaze caused about $250,000 damage to the home and about $50,000 to its contents, including the five vehicles.

No injuries were reported, Culbertson said. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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