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3-Alarm Fire Damages Historic Downtown San Jose Building

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A historic building in downtown San Jose was damaged in a fire. (CBS)

A historic building in downtown San Jose was damaged in a fire. (CBS)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Firefighters brought a three-alarm fire at a former bicycle shop in San Jose under control late Thursday night, fire officials said.

Located at the former site of Faber’s Cyclery at 702 S. First St., the fire was reported Thursday at 9:24 p.m.

Firefighters found a fully-involved fire in the apartments on the second floor of the building when they arrived, Capt. Reggie Williams said.

The California Highway Patrol reported that smoke and fire could be seen from nearby Interstate Highway 280.

Firefighters couldn’t get inside the building safely as it already had some structural damage and was leaning to the right, Williams said.

With the only option being an exterior attack, firefighters finally knocked down the fire at 9:56 p.m.

Electrical lines were damaged from the building as well, further complicating firefighters’ efforts to fight the blaze.

The fire was finally brought under control at 11:09 p.m., according to fire officials.

No injuries were reported, Williams said.

The American Red Cross is responding to the scene to assist a woman and a child who were displaced by the fire, according to fire officials.

(Copyright 2013 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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