Man Suffers Burns in San Jose Apartment Fire

A San Jose man was hospitalized for treatment of mild smoke inhalation and burns after a Wednesday morning fire engulfed most of his apartment near San Jose State University, a fire official said.

San Jose firefighters began to battle the two-alarm fire in a second-story apartment after receiving calls from several people at about 7:25 a.m. The reports said someone might be trapped inside the apartment at 151 S. 13th St., near East San Fernando Street. About 80 percent of the unit was on fire when firefighters arrived, but no one was inside by then, fire Capt. Allison Cabral said.

The unidentified man who lived there had been sleeping in the two-bedroom apartment when the fire broke out. He was awakened by a blaring smoke detector. Before he was able to get out, he inhaled smoke and received first- and second-degree burns to his hands and face, Cabral said.

Several neighbors said the naked man ran from his apartment and shouted for someone to call 911.

The resident apparently is the only person who will be displaced by the fire, which was brought under control at 8:10 a.m., Cabral said. He was treated at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Distributed by the Associated Press