5-Alarm Fire in San Jose Burns 2 Homes

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San Jose firefighters battled a five-alarm fire that started at a house and spread to an adjacent residence on Wednesday, which was reported at 11:22 a.m. at a two-story home in the 4300 block of Hampshire Place. NBC Bay Area's chopper flew overhead. (Published Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014)

San Jose firefighters battled a a five-alarm fire on Wednesday morning that started at a house and spread to an adjacent home, according to Fire Capt. Cleo Doss.

The blaze was first reported at 11:22 a.m. at a two-story home in the 4300 block of Hampshire Place. It was knocked down at 12:37 p.m.

The second alarm was called as the flames spread to the adjacent home. Just after noon, the fire reached five alarms.

NBC Bay Area's chopper flew overhead, showing smoke billowing from the roof, and firefighters spraying water to quell the flames.

In addition to the 80 or so San Jose firefighters on the scene, fire crews from a number of other  departments stood ready to respond in the event of another fire breaking out.

"A fire of this size does thin resources," Capt, Doss said, "but with help from other agencies, all other parts of San Jose were safe while the incident was dealt with."

No injuries were reported in the fire. The cause is still under investigation.

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