Father Missing in San Jose House Fire

Mother, daughter escape flames

Thursday, Oct 8, 2009  |  Updated 12:42 PM PDT
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Father Missing in San Jose House Fire

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The early-morning fire destroyed the San Jose house.

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A body has been found in a home destroyed by a three-alarm fire early Thursday morning, but it will still be a while before firefighters are able to access the home, San Jose fire Capt. Scott Kouns said, beause of safety concerns.

Firefighters spotted the body while using an aerial ladder truck as part of their investigation into the fire. The fire was reported at about 2 a.m. in the garage of a two-story home in the 700 block of North White Road, San Jose fire Capt. Scott Kouns said.

When firefighters got to the house, it was completely in flames. They rescued a woman from the house but her husband has not yet been found. KCBS Radio reported KCBS Radio reported the missing person is a man whose wife and daughter were both able to make it out of the house.

Crews got a handle on the fire at about 4 a.m. It caused a majority of the roof to collapse.

"The house is pretty much a total loss," San Jose fire Capt. Scott Kouns said.

Because of the structure's instability and the possibility of heavy roof tiles falling into the home, firefighters are making sure it is safe before they enter to search for the missing person and investigate the cause of the fire, he said.

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