Tuesday, August 6, 2013

SJFD Firefighters Tackle Challenging Storage Unit Blaze

Photo By Craig Allyn Rose

Tuesday morning, Aug. 6 at 06:26 A.M., San Jose Fire started receiving reports of a structure fire in the area of Interstate 280 and Hwy. 101. Additional callers placed the fire at the Public Storage facility at 925 Felipe Ave., while another caller gave yet another address behind Felipe Ave. on Olinder Ct.
Full first responses were dispatched to both the Public Storage location and the possible 912 Olinder Ct. address. Fire units arriving at Public Storage immediately requested a second alarm to deal with flames shooting out of two stories of the building. Olinder Ct. units went to work protecting the exposures on their side of the Public Storage building.
Ultimately, the Olinder Ct. units were added to the Public Storage incident, putting more than 3 alarms of equipment and manpower at the disposal of the Felipe IC.

Photo Provided By SJFD Deputy Chief Juan Diaz
As is often the case with Storage building fires, heavy fuel loads and the varied nature of the things being stored in different units, present fire crews with many challenges. One of those added challenges was dealing with the extremely tight access space in the driveways between rows of units. Storage units suffered extensive damage on both floors of the Public Storage facility.
At approximately 7:10 A.M., Fire Associates was requested and Bruce Dembecki responded to the scene with Fire Support Unit 2. After arriving a little before 7:30 A.M., Bruce was joined on scene by FASCV member Dan Wong.
FSU-2 set up Rehab operations offering cold drinks, coffee and Cliff bars to crews dealing with their early morning start, while Med 30 and Rural Metro EMS crews went through the formal rehab process for fire crews.
By 10:00 A.M., many crews had been released and those remaining had their fresh A-shift crews in place, having replaced their B-shift counterparts on scene. Fire Associates was released from the scene and Support Unit 2 headed back home to SJFD Fire Station 6.
The best news being that the fire was under control and there were no injuries.
-- Report submitted by Bruce Dembecki