Saturday, November 22, 2014

Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Spa in Campbell

Photo By Michael Garcia
Saturday, November 22, was a misty, overcast day in the San Jose area. At 1117 hours, Santa Clara County Fire (Central Fire - CNT) dispatched units to a commercial structure fire at 2210 South Bascom Avenue, cross of Apricot Avenue in the city of Campbell. One caller stated there was a fire in the Spa, gave no further details and hung up.
The first responding unit stated over the radio “…there is heavy black smoke showing, the single-story building is 20% involved, upgrade this to a full first response and also give me a second alarm!”
This alarm level dispatched a request for a Fire Associates Fire Support Unit. FASCV member John Whiteside was the only south area driver available and upon receiving a page at 1129, he responded with FSU-2. Waiting on scene was member Cliff Smith (and wife Sheila) and guest, Dave Cantanho. As they were helping John set up, FASCV member Mike Garcia and guest Mike Jensen arrived.
Photo By John Whiteside
Several second-alarm units had been released by this time but the remaining firefighters were provided bottled water, Gatorade, CLIF bars, coffee, and benches for seating. Rehab had been set up in front of a Subway sandwich shop; later the Incident Commander walked in and ordered sandwiches for the assembled personnel.
After supporting lunch service, FSU-2 was released and returned to San Jose Station 6 at 1510.
-- Report submitted by John Whiteside