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5 Injured, 16 Displaced in East San Jose Senior Home Fire

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Firefighters at the scene of a fire at an assisted-living facility in San Jose, January 9, 2012. (CBS)

Firefighters at the scene of a fire at an assisted-living facility in San Jose, January 9, 2012. (CBS)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Five people were hurt and 16 residents displaced by a three-alarm fire at an assisted-living facility in San Jose early Monday morning, fire officials said.

The fire completely destroyed four units of the eight-unit building, and left the other apartments with smoke and fire damage, said San Jose fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort.

Firefighters responded to reports of the fire at the Mayfair Golden Manor at 2627 Madden Ave at 1:45 a.m.

When they arrived, firefighters found that the fire had already spread to multiple floors of the building, Van Elgort said.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Firefighters had controlled the fire by 3 a.m., but as of 4:30 a.m. were still on the scene doing clean up work.

Five residents of the building were treated for injuries including minor burns, but no one was seriously injured, Van Elgort said.

Van Elgort said that he was grateful that no one was fatally injured. “A large fire in an apartment complex especially in the middle of the night is always a dangerous situation,” he said.

The fire caused between $600,000 and $750,000 in damage, Van Elgort said.

He said the displaced residents were being assisted with temporary shelter by the Red Cross.

Firefighters had not yet determined the cause of the fire as of early Monday morning.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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