SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A South San Jose husband and wife were injured and displaced Friday morning when a two-alarm house fire destroyed their home, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to reports of a fire just before 3:40 a.m. at a home in the 15000 block of Carlton Avenue.

The fire had spread throughout the house, so firefighters took a defensive position, fighting the fire from outside and protecting the surrounding homes.

Firefighters also reported live ammunition explosions as they put out the blaze. The house’s residents told firefighters they kept significant stores of ammunition in at least two rooms of the home, according to fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez.

Because of the amount of burning embers in the air, firefighters also patrolled the neighborhood to make sure that the fire had not spread to other roofs in the area. Only the house next to the one that burned sustained minor damage, Gutierrez said.

The couple was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The American Red Cross will help provide them with housing, 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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