Dog, Woman Hurt in SJ House Fire

Sunday, Aug 30, 2009  |  Updated 9:49 AM PDT
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Dog, Woman Hurt in SJ House Fire

A Civil War-era farmhouse that caught fire Thursday night in East Hartford-displacing 11 families-reignited again this morning.

 Firefighters rescued a family dog in a two-alarm fire at a San Jose home that was controlled about an hour after it was reported Sunday morning, a captain said.
 
The fire at 375 Costa Mesa Drive was reported at 7:06 a.m. and declared under control at 8:15 a.m., Capt. Robert Culbertson said.

The blaze, which appears to have started in the home's garage, had been threatening other structures, he said.

"They did a good job of keeping the damage to the original structure," he said.

When firefighters arrived on scene around 7:12 a.m. they saw that nearby homes were threatened, prompting them to upgrade it to a second alarm.

One woman who lives at the home suffered minor burns and was transported to a nearby hospital, he said.

Firefighters rescued the family dog, which had been trapped in a bedroom when the blaze started at the single-story home.

The home is uninhabitable and American Red Cross officials were assisting the residents. Damage was estimated at $600,000 - $400,000 for the structure and $200,000 for the contents and for two cars that were damaged.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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