Friday, July 19, 2013

Two Homes Burn In 3-Alarm Fire on San Jose's East Side

Photo Provided By Neighbor to Juan Diaz
At approximately 1900 hours on Friday evening, July 19, the San Jose Fire Department dispatched a 3-alarm structure assignment to the 3100 block of Linkshead Court, off of Stevens Lane, in east San Jose. A house fire that apparently began outside the garage of one house, had quickly spread to an adjacent home. Fueled by a natural gas meter problem, the blaze spread to a wood fence and then ignited the adjacent house -- both single-story structures. It was not long before the fire then spread into the attics of both buildings.
When SJFD paged Fire Associates, Don Gilbert and John Whiteside, with a slight delay as they were finishing dinner, met at Station 6 and responded in Fire Support Unit 2. They were joined on scene by FASCV members George Hoyt, Jerry Haag and Dan Wong. Cool drinks, CLIF bars and Blueberry bars were provided and later coffee was brewed at the request of several firefighters. During the dinner-time fire, Dan and George were tasked to pick up 22 burritos for fire personnel.

Just before breaking down the rehab setup, former FASCV president John Whitaker, and his wife Liz, arrived and assisted in loading up equipment back on FSU-2. They had been out of the area for the evening and stopped by the location on their return home. FSU-2 was back in quarters by 2230 hours.
  • A San Jose Mercury News story can be viewed at:  Two Homes Burn
  • Photos posted by SJFD Deputy Chief Juan Diaz can be viewed at:  Linkshead Fire
-- Report submitted by John Whiteside