SJ Home Had Ammo Inside During Fire

Home had 2,000 round of live ammunition, according to firefighters

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    San Jose firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire Tuesday afternoon. Officials said they used extra caution because of explosives in the home's garage, a fire captain said.

    The fire was reported at a home in the 1700 block of Commodore  Drive at 3:08 p.m., San Jose fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

    The homeowners told firefighters that there were 2,000 rounds of active ammunition in the garage. As of 5 p.m. there were no signs of an explosion due to the ammo, but fire crews told NBC Bay Area that because of the ammunition they were using an abundance of caution in fighting the fire.

    Responding crews found heavy smoke and fire in the attic of the  3,000 square-foot two-story house, and fought it from inside the home until they determined the structure was no longer safe.

    At about 3:40 p.m., firefighters had to change tactics because the home's roof would collapse. Gutierrez said the fire was declared defensive, meaning crews battled it from outside the home. Helicopter video from above the fire showed that at least part of the roof did in fact collapse.

    One firefighter sustained an unspecified injury, Gutierrez said. But the injury was not serious enough to make a visit to the ER.

    Gutierrez said it appeared that no residents were in the home when firefighters responded.

    The fire was under control by 6 p.m.

    It wasn't immediately clear what would happen with the ammo that apparently was still in the garage.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.