Firefighters Knock Down Home Inferno in Los Gatos-San Jose Border

Two-alarm blaze displaced five residents Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters have contained a two-alarm fire on the Los Gatos-San Jose border that displaced five people this afternoon, a fire captain said.

Crews responded to a report of a fire in the 5100 block of Leigh Avenue, near Los Gatos Almaden Road, at about 1:15 p.m., Capt. Mike Van Elgort said.

The fire's location is about 4.5 miles southeast of downtown and right next to the Los Gatos-San Jose border, close to Leigh High School.

The fire started in the backyard of the home, where an external shed burned, Van Elgort said.

A second alarm was activated and PG&E was called when crews found live power lines on the ground, Van Elgort said.

The fire was contained by 2:40 p.m., Van Elgort said.

None of the five people -- who included three adults and two children, one with special needs -- was injured in the blaze, he said.

Van Elgort said the fire burned the rear of the house, causing moderate damage to a couple of rooms. The shed was destroyed, he said.

The American Red Cross was notified about the displaced residents, but Van Elgort was unsure whether they accepted assistance in finding a place to stay. The cause is still under investigation.

—By Bay City News Service

Jane Darwin October 04, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Having news like this so up today for local issues is wonderful. I work in Los Gatos and when I see smoke I wonder is it a friend's house or is someone I know affected or will it affect my commute. The major news outlet don't handle such local info. They seem to be more concentrated on SF and SJ downtown. Thank you patch for keeping us patched together.


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