San Jose Fire Damages Historic Kelley House

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Photographs and historic documents from San Jose history went up in smoke when the last building from the original Kelley Ranch caught fire Thursday.

Part of the 1912 Victorian, once owned by a pioneer family, collapsed in the blaze, but firefighters were able to contain the two-alarm fire to the one building at 1300 Senter Road.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

“There’s no damage to the other structures around the house, and there’s no injuries that I’m aware of,” said Gina Aning, general manager of Kelley Park.

PHOTOS: Historic Kelley House Fire

Aning said the vacant building had been used only for storage for several years, and no one was inside when the house caught fire around 8:45 a.m. Firefighters brought the blaze under control within an hour.

Part of the Happy Hollow Zoo, located in Kelley Park, was closed because of the fire, although fire officials said the Japanese Friendship Garden would not be affected.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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