|Photo By Bruce Dembecki|
A police officer and three residents were treated for smoke inhalation injuries suffered attempting a rescue. The blaze was contained to the building of origin, and was under control soon after midnight. Sadly a man, woman and child perished in the blaze. 56 people were displaced by the blaze and by 3:00 A.M. were in the hands of the Red Cross.
Incident Commander B/C Barry Stallard summoned Fire Associates to the scene around 11:50 P.M. as a special call. It was clear the operation would be extended and outside conditions were close to freezing. Bruce Dembecki responded with Fire Support Unit 2 from San Jose Fire Station 6 and was met on scene by George Hoyt, Jerry Haag, Dan Wong with his guest Dominic Soder, and guest Walter Huber.
Access to the small suburban court was blocked by a 5" supply line. Rehab was established down the court so the Fire Associates crew schlepped supplies and equipment into the scene, setting up lighting on the end of a long power cord run. Coffee and other hot drinks were popular in the near freezing weather. FSU 2 was released by 3:00 A.M.
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-- Report submitted by Bruce Dembecki