Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saratoga Building Rendered Uninhabitable After 3-Alarm Blaze

Photo by Bruce Dembecki
Date and Time:  April 19, 2015, 1016 hours
Agency: Santa Clara County Fire
Incident Address: 20810 4th St., Saratoga
Type: Three Alarms
Details: Two-story, four-unit residential building in a fairly large complex. Restricted access, and proximity of nearby exposed building and trees presented a challenge to arriving units. E-73 was first–in. E-78 laid a long 5-in. water supply line to E-73 and took off the second attack line while T-71 opened the roof. E-73 ended up serving one 2-1/2-in. and two 1-3/4-in. lines.  The fire, which originated in a second-floor unit, ultimately involved the roof space. Building will not be habitable for quite some time. There was no damage to exposures or trees.
Agency Responders:
SNC: E-71, 72, 73, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82; T-71, 74, 85; R-73, 83; HM-72; Batts-72, 73, 83 (Falarski-IC)
SJS: T-14 (cancelled en route)
FASCV Responding Unit: FSU-1. Arrived: 1100; Released 1300.
FASCV Responders: Bruce Dembecki, Mike Garcia (driver), Jerry Haag, Dan  Wong, and Quinn Dembecki (guest).

-- Report submitted by Jerry Haag