Stephen Ellison

Firefighters Battle Multiple Grass Fires in South San Jose

Firefighters battled multiple grass fires near a homeless camp in South San Jose on Wednesday, and officials suspect the blazes may involve arson.

The fires, which sparked about 3:15 p.m., were burning along Capitol Expressway at Tuers Avenue, just south of Los Lagos Golf Course. The flames later spread across Capitol Expressway.

Fire crews said they had stopped forward progress at about 4:45 p.m., but later reported multiple fires burning. It was not clear whether the original blaze had jumped the expressway or if it was a separate fire.

A fire captain said the fires may have been deliberately set, and San Jose police responded to the scene.

Firefighters had the blazes under control between 6 and 6:30 p.m. but would remain at the scene late into the night to watch for flare-ups, officials said.

No structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fires is under investigation by the San Jose Fire Department and San Jose Police Department.

NBC Bay Area chopper video captures aerial footage of the firefighters battling multiple grass fires in South San Jose, near Los Lagos Golf Course.
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