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3-Alarm Fire in South San Jose Damages Apartment Complex, Displaces 37 People, 1 Cat

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NBC Bay Area

A firefighter suffered a minor injury in a 3-alarm fire early Sunday morning that displaced 37 people and a cat, a San Jose Fire Department captain said.

The fire was first reported at 3:29 a.m. at a 22-unit apartment building at 5583 Walnut Blossom Drive, Capt. Mitch Matlow and a dispatcher said.

No civilians were injured, Matlow said.

Firefighters called for a second alarm at 3:41 a.m. when flames as high as 50 feet were coming from the roof of the two-story building, Matlow said.

The roof collapsed above four units on the top floor before firefighters called for a third alarm, Matlow said, adding that as many as 52 firefighters were trying to extinguish the blaze after it was upgraded.

Eight units were heavily damaged and two sustained moderate damage, but 11 might be reoccupied by Sunday evening, according to Matlow

Crews had the fire knocked down at 4:40 a.m. and it was under control at 6:59 a.m., he said.

The American Red Cross responded to help the displaced residents.

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