17 Residents Displaced In San Jose Apartment Fire

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A two-alarm fire in a San Jose apartment building displaced 17 people Saturday afternoon, according to fire officials.

The fire at 892 Delmas Ave. was reported just before 4:30 p.m., according to San Jose Fire Capt. Barry Ehlers.

The first engine company saw smoke coming from the two-story building and called in a second alarm before even reaching the scene, Ehlers said.

Arriving on scene, firefighters saw smoke and flame coming from a second-floor apartment and a large crowd of residents and onlookers milling around outside, Ehlers said.

Firefighters had the fire contained by 4:49 p.m. and under control by 5:50 p.m.

After a search of the building it was determined that no residents were missing or injured, and the residents of the apartment where the fire started had left the building an hour earlier, Ehlers said.

No injuries were reported, but extensive fire, smoke and water damage to the building caused all 17 residents to be displaced by the fire, Ehlers said.

The fire appears to have started in a bedroom but the cause remains under investigation, Ehlers said.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)


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