4 Families Left Homeless By San Jose Apartment Fire

By George Kiriyama
|  Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014  |  Updated 11:56 PM PDT
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Four San Jose families are wondering what’s next after a fast-moving fire gutted their apartments. George Kiriyama reports.

Four San Jose families are wondering what’s next after a fast-moving fire gutted their apartments. George Kiriyama reports.

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Four San Jose families are wondering what’s next after a fast-moving fire gutted their apartments.

The blaze broke out at the Oaks Apartments near Monterey Road and Blossom Hill Road. No one was injured, but four families will be staying at a hotel for the time being.

Video captured by a neighbor's cell phone just minutes after the fire broke out shows flames shooting out of the second floor apartment.

Firefighters got there seven minutes after it started and immediately went into attack mode. The thick smoke damaged the third floor apartment.

Firefighters say they're not sure how or even where it started. It took them 30 minutes to knock the fire down.

Neighbors said it was sad to see someone's home on fire.

“I was just scared,” neighbor Alejandra Iniguez said.

“We actually had a real good stop on this one,” SJFD Capt. Rob Brown said. “We were able to keep it just to the building of origin and keep it out of the other two units, primarily, so we do have to two units that should be habitable really quickly.”

Another apartment fire Tuesday morning on the San Jose’s west side, near Winchester and Hamilton, destroyed one unit and water damaged five others.

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