SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two people, including a firefighter, suffered minor injuries in a two-alarm fire that damaged a four-unit apartment complex in San Jose Wednesday morning, a fire captain said.

Police and firefighters responded to several calls reporting a fire in an apartment at 671 Yolo Court at about 4:30 a.m., San Jose fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

Police officers arrived at the scene first, and saw that one of the residents was trapped on a second-floor balcony, Gutierrez said.

Police used a neighbor’s ladder to help rescue the resident, Gutierrez said.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports: 

One firefighter suffered minor burns and was taken to a hospital, and one resident was assessed at the scene for smoke inhalation but did not need to be hospitalized, Gutierrez said.

No other injuries were reported. The blaze was under control by about 6:15 a.m.

The apartment complex was badly damaged, and at least 10 adults and two children who lived there have been temporarily displaced, Gutierrez said.

As many as seven of those residents were receiving assistance in finding temporary housing from the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, Gutierrez said.

Fire officials remained at the scene Wednesday morning assessing the extent of the damage and investigating the cause.


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