Bob Redell / NBC Bay Area
Firefighters battled the rather complex blaze for about three hours before being able to contain it.
San Jose firefighters have finally knocked down a two alarm fire in east San jose after two hours of dousing water on the flames.
What made the fire so challenging is that the house on Norwood Avenue was spread out over multiple levels.
The fire department wasn't able to save the home but kept it from spreading to other homes and the hillside.
The only person inside when the fire started at 4 a.m. was able to get out on their own. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for a hurt back. She is expected to be fine.
The fire department is looking into whether this started with a fire in the fireplace.
More than 40 firefighters worked to extinguish and overhaul the two-alarm blaze.
Arriving firefighters had reported heavy fire, according to Capt. Mike Van Elgort. The one occupant had evacuated the home before firefighters arrived, Van Elgort said.
The occupant has been displaced as the fire spread to many levels of the home, which Van Elgort described as "sprawling" and "large" with many add-ons.
The attic, garage and another section of the home were engulfed in flames, he said. Van Elgort estimated damaged to be "expensive."
-- Bay City News Service contributed to this report.