Two-Alarm Fire in West San Jose Displaces at Least 8 People

A fire broke out Thursday morning at an apartment building near Lawrence Expressway.

Fire crews have extinguished a two-alarm fire that damaged three units at a San Jose apartment building this morning, fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

Firefighters responded to multiple reports of a fire at 340 Auburn Way—east of Lawrence Expressway and north of Hwy. 280—just before 9 a.m., Gutierrez said.

By 9:06 a.m., the fire had been upgraded to two alarms, Gutierrezsaid. By 10:30, it was under control.

No one was injured in the fire, Gutierrez said.

She said a number of residents were home at the time the fire started, but that the sound of smoke detectors and a pulled fire alarm had alerted them about the emergency and they evacuated safely.

Up to eight people have been displaced, and the fire department has called in the American Red Cross to assist, Gutierrez said.

The fire remains under investigation but it appears to have started on the patio of a second floor unit, then extended up to the third floor before being knocked down, she said.

Forty-five firefighters responded to the incident, Gutierrez said.

—By Bay City News


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