Well, the phrase "house fire" is probably inaccurate. This was 2 houses!
On Thursday evening, June 3, as the FASCV membership was gathering for our monthly meeting, San Jose Fire paged us to a fire on the city's east side. John Whiteside had not yet arrived at Santa Clara County Communications Center (site of our meeting), and phoned in that he would be taking Support Unit 2 so that the other members could continue with the meeting. John has issued this report:
June 3, SJFD 2nd alarm, 2984 and 2974 Warrington Ave., cross of S. White Road. John Whiteside responded with FSU #2 instead of attending the June FA meeting, to which he was just about to turn to go up to Comm Hill when the page went out. He was asked to contact Batt 21 via phone and the message was to pick up 38 burritos enroute to the fire. Upon arriving, with no other members on scene, it took a few minutes to setup everything.
Flames from the original fire structure, 2984 Warrington Ave., leaped from the Delta side into the attic of the adjacent structure. Both were severely damaged. Just before being released from the scene, Mike Chappell, Brian Woodson and John Whitaker arrived from the meeting to assist with cleanup and putting equipment back onto FSU #2.
- John Whitaker's photos are at: Warrington Ave. Fire
- A SJ Mercury-News story can be read at: House Fire