Four-Alarm Blaze Displaces 150 California Residents

At approximately 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2007, units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to a '911' call reporting smoke inside a structure and an alarm sounding at the Santa Teresa Apartments, located at 6250 Santa Teresa Blvd., on San Jose's south side.

First due Engine 27C arrived on scene to find heavy fire conditions on the third floor and from the roof of a three-story, 50-unit apartment building. A second-alarm was called once firefighters had determined the fire had reached the attic space of the structure.

With fire sweeping quickly through the attic of the structure, a third and fourth alarms were called, summoning approximately 100 firefighters to the scene to contend with evacuation and fire suppression duties.

The blaze was finally declared contained at 8:40 p.m. and the American Red Cross began the process of finding lodging for displaced residents. Firefighters rescued numerous pets including dogs, cats and birds during the incident. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.