SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — An 83-year-old woman and her 11-year-old granddaughter killed in a house fire in San Jose last week have been identified as Sydney and Jessica Brookbank, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office and family members.
The fire was reported at 7:29 a.m. Aug. 5 in the 1200 block of Greenmoor Drive, and was contained about an hour later. A 22-year-old man woke up to the smell of smoke and jumped out of a window. He sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene.
Second alarm structure response to 1220 GREENMOOR dr. Fire crews rescued two residents from structure. 1 deceased and 1 enroute to local hospital. Fire not yet under control. pic.twitter.com/j0lV3PAML5
— San Jose Fire Dept. (@SJFD) August 5, 2019
According to family members, Sydney had multiple sclerosis and was unable to escape the home. Jessica was visiting her grandmother, aunt and uncle for the weekend and was initially hospitalized in critical condition at Palo Alto’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, but later succumbed to her injuries from smoke inhalation.
The blaze destroyed the entire one-story building but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to neighboring structures. A family cat also died in the fire, and the cause is under investigation.
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