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San Jose 3-Alarm Fire Burns Vacant Victorian Home

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A fire at a vacant Victorian home in San Jose reached three alarms Thursday night, a San Jose fire captain said.

Firefighters arrived at the two-story home in the 400 block of South Seven, a San Jose fire captain said.

Firefighters arrived at the two-story home in the 400 block of South Seventh Street at 8:31 p.m., about five minutes after the fire had been reported, San Jose fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort said.

The fire, which was contained to the one burning building, reached two alarms by 8:33 p.m. and then hit three by 8:44 p.m., Van Elgort said.

“It was pretty impressive for a little while,” the captain said about the fire.

Some 60 firefighters and command staff worked to attack the fire, which was under control by 10:45 p.m., Van Elgort said.

No injuries were reported, however the building sustained heavy damage, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Van Elgort said, although it is not considered a suspicious fire.

There is a possibility that vagrants had accessed the vacant home, which was being refurbished, the captain said.

In fighting the blaze, the captain noted the weather was working with fire crews.

“As the temperature heats up, the chance for fire spread increases,” he said. “Thankfully there weren’t any heavy winds.”

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