4-Alarm Structure Fire Mostly Contained, Smoke Decreased in Campbell

The blaze in the area of Dell Avenue and Knowles Drive pumped smoke into the South Bay sky, creating unhealthy air quality

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A fire in Campbell that sparked Friday morning at a vacant commercial building has been largely reduced, but crews will be working through the weekend to achieve complete extinguishment, according to the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

The blaze at the 50,000-square-foot building in the area of Dell Avenue and Knowles Drive, just north of Highway 85, ignited at about 10 a.m., fire officials said. Firefighters were still battling the blaze into the evening hours.

Authorities did not issue any evacuation or shelter-in-place orders, but smoke from the fire was causing unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups, especially those with respiratory conditions. Officials said anyone sensitive to poor air quality should stay indoors and close windows and doors.

Firefighters on Friday battled a blaze that broke out at a vacant commercial building in Campbell.

Acting Santa Clara County Fire Department Chief Brian Glass said the building was scheduled to be demolished in the coming days, prompting firefighters to change their approach to putting out the flames.

The fire did go to four alarms, prompting neighboring agencies to get involved in the fight against the fire.

On Friday evening, Santa Clara County Fire Capt. Justin Stockman said the structure remained extremely unstable and that the immediate area around it is exceptionally dangerous, so public access will continue to be barred.

Los Gatos Creek Trail is closed in both directions as a result of the blaze, as are many streets in the area.

Captain Stockman said that there are no reports of injuries or fatalities, but that crews are working diligently to keep any runoff from entering the Los Gatos Creek.

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