Sunday, May 10, 2015

Victorian House Burns in Downtown San Jose On Mother's Day

Photo By Craig Allyn Rose
Mother’s Day is supposed to be a day of rest and relaxation for family members as they celebrate their mom. But the day got off to a busier-than-usual start for two members of the Fire Associates “family”.
Shortly before 3:00 A.M., FASCV members Bruce Dembecki and John Whitaker responded into downtown San Jose to provide rehab support at a 3-alarm blaze. Located at 727 S. 2nd Street, firefighters found flames rolling out of the rear of a single-story, Victorian-era residence. With an empty lot on the “Bravo” side and an alleyway on the “Charlie” side, firefighters concentrated on the structure of origin and another Victorian home located on the “Delta” exposure.
Photo By John Whitaker
John Whitaker arrived on scene before the Support Unit, so he contacted the IC to find out if a rehab location had been established. It hadn’t, so John set about to find a good location. By the time Bruce Dembecki arrived with FSU-2, a location had been decided upon and the two FASCV members set out 2-dozen donuts and began making pots of coffee. 
Yes, donuts are back in San Jose!
The sight of donuts on the fireground made for a lot of happy faces and rehab became a very busy place.
After a couple of hours on scene, FSU-2 was released at approximately 4:45 A.M. and Bruce and John were able to return to their homes to try and get some rest before the real activities of Mother’s Day took over.
-- Report submitted by John Whitaker