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Firefighter Falls Through Roof In San Jose Apartment Fire

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A firefighter helps a colleague after he fell through the roof of an apartment building in San Jose, March 15, 2012. (Craig Allyn Rose)

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A firefighter was injured in an apartment fire in West San Jose that displaced nearly 20 residents from their homes Thursday morning, according to San Jose fire officials.

A call came in about a fire in the 3700 block of Underwood Drive at 2:43 a.m., according to San Jose fire senior dispatcher Brenda Jaime.

One firefighter was injured in the four-alarm blaze after falling through the roof.

San Jose fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said the firefighter was then hospitalized in stable condition.

The firefighter has yet to be released from the hospital, she said.

The fire started on the bottom floor and spread upward to the attic, Gutierrez said.

All residents were evacuated and the American Red Cross is assisting the 17 displaced resident Thursday morning, Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said a resident on the first floor said they had left a candle unattended, which the captain said is a probable cause of the blaze.

The fire was knocked down at 3:38 a.m., however, some crews were still at the scene Thursday  morning, according to Gutierrez.

Seventy firefighters, including mutual aid assistance from the Santa Clara County Fire Department, responded to the fire, Gutierrez said.

(Copyright 2012 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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