SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Three people were hurt, including a firefighter, during a fire in an underground parking garage in San Jose Monday morning, fire officials said.

Crews responded to a report of a fire at 420 Sands Drive at about 3:55 a.m., officials said.

When crews arrived, they found smoke coming from the underground parking garage of an apartment complex on the street, according to fire officials.

Even as the garage was filling with smoke, some residents rushed in to the structure in an attempt to save their own cars.

“My twin brother and my dad ran in and went in and got the car and came back out and then it was still on fire so they put it out,” an unidentified man told KCBS.

That man’s brother and father were hospitalized for complications from smoke inhalation. One firefighter also suffered from a medical issue at the scene and was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Fire investigators said the early investigation suggested the origin of the fire was deemed “suspicious,” and residents told KCBS cars have been “messed with” in the garage, in the past.

A second alarm was called around 4:20 a.m. but called off about 10 minutes later, fire officials said.

The fire was under control at about 4:45 a.m., officials said.

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