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Woman Badly Burned By San Jose Explosion, 2-Alarm Fire

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A woman remained hospitalized Thursday after an explosion and two-alarm fire at an East San Jose home on Wednesday afternoon left her seriously burned.

Fire crews responded to reports of an explosion at 1218 Fritzen St. around 1:25 p.m., fire Capt. Reggie Williams said.

When they arrived, most of the second floor of the two-story home was on fire, Williams said.

Four of the home’s 10 residents were there at the time of the explosion and ran outside. Three were unhurt, but one woman suffered second- and third-degree burns to more than 30 percent of her body, Williams said.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she remains in a burn unit today, Williams said.

The 10 residents have displaced from the home, he said.

A PG&E crew was called to the scene, but did not find evidence of a gas leak that might have caused the explosion, Williams said.

Investigators were still working to determine the cause of the fire, Williams 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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