Monday, April 2, 2012

Firefighters Respond to House Fire In San Jose

Photo By Bruce Dembecki
On April 2, 2012, San Jose firefighters responded to a reported kitchen fire at 95 Squarehaven Court. First-in Engine 18 reported heavy smoke and some flame visible and upgraded the incident to a full first alarm. There were reports of fire through the roof and showing heavy flame for several minutes, but firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze. Firefighters were able to restrict damage to the kitchen and were able to save the bedrooms and other parts of the house. Once the fire was controlled, extensive overhaul was required on the property, resulting in several hours more work.
B/C Juan Diaz made a special call for Fire Associates as it was clear from the blown in insulation that overhaul would be extended, and it was a warm spring afternoon. Bruce Dembecki responded with Fire Support Unit 2 and was met on scene by FASCV members John Whiteside, Mike Chappell, George Hoyt and Ron Green. Clif Bars and lemonade were the order of the day as firefighters looked to replenish fluids and refuel from their efforts.
While unusual to receive a call on a First Alarm incident, Fire Associates were quick to respond and happy to help the firefighters, who were certainly pleased to see the Support Unit on scene. After being requested around 2:30 P.M., Fire Associates was released at 4:30 P.M. as operations were finishing up.
-- Submitted by Bruce Dembecki