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Crews Continue to Investigate Communication Hill Fire



    Investigators Say Flames Destroyed Evidence in Communication Hill Fire

    San Jose firefighters on Monday got their first good look at a grass fire they had to handle late Sunday. Robert Handa reports. (Published Monday, May 18, 2015)

    Investigators on Monday determined flames were ignited near the public trail off Communication Hill Boulevard, which sparked a two-alarm grass fire late Sunday.

    The blaze consumed between 5 and 7 acres of vegetation, firefighters said.

    San Jose Fire Department Captain Michael Van Elgort said the fire area in the hills was tough to see and hard to catch.

    "This terrain made it more challenging," he said.

    Wildfire on Communications Hill in San Jose

    [BAY] Wildfire on Communications Hill in San Jose
    Firefighters in San Jose were battling a two-alarm grass fire Sunday evening near a funeral home and memorial park, a fire dispatcher said. NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro spoke with San Jose fire Cpt. Van Elgort about the Communications Hill 2-alarm vegetation fire.
    (Published Sunday, May 17, 2015)

    Investigators said flames destroyed any evidence to help lead them to what sparked the blaze.

    Resident Tom Hess, who lives near the area, said he heard explosions.

    "The engulfment turned into explosions," Hess said.

    Elgort said there were also reports of fireworks in the area.

    "I would hate to say this was arson," Elgort said.

    Fire crews responded to the blaze at around 9:30 p.m. in the area of Curtner Avenue and Communications Hill Boulevard.

    Firefighters declared the blaze "knocked down" at 10:39 p.m.

    No injuries were reported in the fire, Elgort said.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.

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