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From The Field: 5-Alarm Commercial Structure Fire Destroys San Jose Businesses

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Photos by Craig Rose, 

On Saturday, February 14th, 2015, at 0657 hours, the San José Fire Department received a report of a structure fire in a light industrial section of the city at 1041 Commercial Street in Station 5’s first due response area.

Upon arrival, the crew of Engine 5 quickly struck a second-alarm as they were confronted with heavy smoke and fire showing from a commercial metal structure. As additional companies arrived on scene multiple lines and elevated master streams were deployed as defensive operations commenced.


While the bulk of the fire was knocked down by 0930 hours, crews remained on scene throughout the day and overnight to monitor and extinguish flareups. Of the two businesses destroyed, one was an auto upholstery shop housing a large amount of difficult to extinguish material within the building. Eventually heavy equipment was brought to the scene to break up large, smoldering piles of upholstery material, allowing firefighters to reach and extinguish hot spots.

Six people, residing in a recreational vehicle on the property, were displaced by the blaze and assisted by the American Red Cross. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Battalion 1, Battalion 2, Battalion 29, Battalion 10, Med 30, 4A2, 4A7, 4A8, 4B97 
Engine 5, Engine 16, Engine 2, Engine 19, Engine 619, Engine 23, Engine 29, Engine 3, Engine 1, Engine 7, Engine 8
Truck 1, Truck 2, Truck 29, Truck 30, USAR 34A, USAR 34B, HIT 29A, HIT29B, Foam 29
Squad 26, Squad 30, Squad 18

Mutual Aid Companies:
Santa Clara County Battalion 83, 2B2, Hazmat 72, Breathing Support 72, Engine 72
City of Milpitas Fire: Battalion 86
City of Santa Clara Fire: Truck 98, Engine 95
City of Mountain View Fire: Battalion 51
City of Palo Alto Fire: A63
Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley: Fire Support Unit 2



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