By Maria Medina

SAN JOSE (BCN/CBS SF) — A three-alarm blaze at a San Jose apartment complex displaced 14 Monday night, seven of whom were children, fire officials said.

The fire was first reported at 9:14 p.m. at a fourplex in the 5600 block of Via Monte Drive.

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Officials said the fire was burning on the first and second floor and did extensive damage to the building. Several tenants were displaced.

One neighbor told KPIX 5 he heard a loud explosion before seeing the flames.

“It sounded like a car crash,” he said.

Doordash deliveryman Will Neveu knows the 4-plex well. He said he was afraid nearby trees would ignite and spread the flames to other buildings.

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“I ‘doordash’ to those people so I know them,” he said. “The tragedy is there’s four big families without a houses right now. I’m sure they didn’t have time to get anything out.”

The fire was out by 11 p.m., but crews remained at the scene to mop up any hot spots.

The American Red Cross said in the wake of the fire that they’re helping the seven children and seven adults displaced by the blaze. No one was injured, fire officials said.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation Tuesday.

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