2-Alarm Strip Mall Fire Damages 3 Businesses

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Firefighters have extinguished a two-alarm fire that burned at a strip mall in San Jose early Thursday morning, a fire captain said.

The fire was reported at 4:45 a.m. at 175 S. Capitol Ave., and was upgraded to two alarms when firefighters found flames in the building’s shared attic space, Capt. Mike Van Elgort said.

Crews controlled the fire by 6:15 a.m., he said.

Southbound lanes on Capitol Avenue were blocked between Florence and Alum Rock avenues while the fire was burning, Van Elgort said. The lanes reopened at 7:48 a.m., he said.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:


Van Elgort said nobody was in the building at the time the fire started, and that there were no injuries.

Three businesses sustained minor damage, mainly from water, Van Elgort said.

The fire was not considered suspicious but the cause remained under investigation, he 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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