Illegal fireworks start San Jose house fire, revelers light more

Bay City News
Sunday, July 5, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Four people have been displaced after a home in San Jose caught fire Saturday night when illegal fireworks landed in the back yard, according to a fire captain.

Firefighters responded to the 800 block of Yerba Buena Road at 9:44 p.m. on reports of a fire.

A resident saw the firework land in his back yard start a fire. He attempted to put it out, but the fire ignited his home and threatened the house behind him, according to Capt. Mitch Matlow.

But that didn't stop revelers from lighting additional pyrotechnics while the house was burning.

"When our crews were on scene they were watching other neighbors still launching fireworks," Matlow said.

Information about the extent of the damage caused by Saturday night's fire was not immediately available.