2-Alarm Blaze Displaces San Jose Family

The fire in the 3800 block of Higuera Road in the foothills of San Jose, between Milpitas and Gilroy, was reported at 3:20 p.m.

A fire Sunday in the eastern foothills of San Jose gutted a home and displaced a family of six but no one was injured, a fire captain told Patch.

The blaze at the 3,600-square-foot home in the 3800 block of Higuera Road was reported at 3:20 p.m., according to San Jose fire Capt. Rob Brown.

According to the captain, the size of the home and the steep terrain leading to the two-story house posed challenges for firefighters.

It took some 35 firefighters four hours to knock down the flames, hampered as they were by the difficulty of getting water to douse the blaze, Brown told Patch.

"We needed to get it to a second alarm," Brown told Patch.

"We were having a lot of active slowly burning fire in the middle of the house which we couldn't get to with the hoses," Brown said in an interview.

"The residents up there are on a private water system."

Firefighters quickly drained the tank and had to bring in water tenders to complete the job.

Fire investigators were probing the origin of the blaze, said Brown, but "our suspicion is the fireplace."

The residents first noticed the shake shingle roof catching fire, the captain added.

At least one crew was expected to stay the night in order to extinguish hotspots and ensure no flareups occurred, the captain said.

The family, which included a six-year-old child, found shelter with relatives, Brown told Patch.


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