Very early Sunday, April 3, at 00:03 A.M., San Jose Fire dispatched a 3rd alarm complement to the Coastal Lumber Company located at the west, dead-end of Pullman Way, cross street of Daylight Way, in south San Jose. The original dispatch was at 11:42 P.M. with reports of flames and smoke coming from 2915 Daylight Way.
The L-shaped property was enclosed on the Daylight Way side by a very tall, solid metal fence. The first arriving engine company used a ladder to climb up and peer over the fence to locate the actual fire ground. Eventually three different driveways were used to access the stubborn fire, which was debris burning inside a building.
Fire Associates received the dispatch page for a response on the 3rd alarm. John Whiteside, who had been monitoring the call on the radio, responded with Fire Support Unit 3 from San Jose Station 35, and was met on-scene by Mike Garcia.
Water, Gatorade, and Clif Bars were provided the firefighters, including the fresh, fire watch crews arriving as John was preparing to leave. John was released at 3:15 A.M., returning to station 35 and eventually home by 4:00 A.M. to get some sleep.
-- Report submitted by John Whiteside