Sunday, May 24, 2015

San Jose Carport Fire Spreads to Upstairs Apartment

Photo By John Whitaker
On May 24, the peace and quiet of a Sunday morning was broken when Fire Associates pagers alerted to a 3-alarm fire burning just south of downtown. Firefighters were on scene at a carport fire that spread into to living quarters of a 4-plex apartment located above.  
Located at 1360 Lick Ave., near it's intersection with Alma Ave., first-arriving Engine crews were faced with a fast-spreading fire fueled by two vehicles in the carport. While that was happening, the "Truckers" were verifying that everyone was out of the 4 affected apartments. In all, 12 people were displaced and were assisted by the American Red Cross.
Fire Associates' members were requested at 5:24 A.M., while most were sound asleep on a quiet Memorial Day holiday weekend. Bruce Dembecki responded to the incident with Fire Support Unit 2 and was met on scene by John Whitaker. Dan Wong later arrived to help with the rehab effort.
Firefighters were especially pleased to find donuts and hot coffee waiting for them as they rotated through Rehab. Rehab is a very lively place when there are donuts! After everyone was served, including police officers on scene for traffic control, FSU-2 was released at approximately 8:20 A.M.
-- Report submitted by John Whitaker