Updated: 5 Firefighters, 1 Officer Injured in Los Gatos Almaden Road House Fire

Men are transported to area hospitals following three-alarm blaze Monday afternoon; Campbell fire also keeps same personnel busy into the night, with two residents suffering minor burns.

No injuries are reported from the inhabitants of a single-family residence  located at 16301 Los Gatos Almaden Road that caught on fire this afternoon causing thousands of dollars in damages, according to authorities.

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police Sgt. spokesman Kerry Harris said the blaze was reported at 3:49 p.m. by a 911 caller about a house fire at Los Gatos Almaden Road, near Hollycrest Drive in Los Gatos.

"Santa Clara County fire personnel is responding," Harris said. "It's been upgraded to a third-alarm fire."

"There's a structure fire going on at that address," said a county fire dispatcher who declined to be identified and referred all calls to Fire Battalion Chief Robert Smith.

"All adults and kids are ok," wrote Los Gatos Patch reader Helena McCombie on the Facebook post about the incident.

Retired Santa Clara County firefighter Brian Floyd, a Los Gatos photojournalist, said the Los Gatos fire was exacerbated by the hot afternoon temperatures.

About 15 fire engines from Santa Clara County and San Jose Fire departments responded to the inferno that destroyed the entire roof of the Los Gatos home, Floyd said.

About 60 firefighters were on scene working to extinguish the blaze, he added, six of them transported to area hospitals and one Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police officer due to heat exhaustion, Floyd added.

The fire was under control in about 2½ hours, he added.

Chief Smith said the cause of the fire is undetermined, but it involved a mid-portion of the roof and attic of the large one-story house. It's not known the exact cost of the major structure damage to the home, he added. The family was home at the time of the blaze, two parents and children, but they were unharmed. He also said the family has homeowners' insurance and don't need help from the community at this time.

A nearby fire in Campbell at 231 Shelley Ave. kept the firefighters busy late into the afternoon and early evening since many of them were called to help with a two-alarm blaze reported in a two-story condominium complex at the corner of Shelley and Bascom avenues, with two burn victim family members being reported, Floyd said. About 10 fire engines were on scene trying to put out the flames, he added.

Smith said an upstairs bedroom and roof and attic area burned in a two-story townhouse. The cause of this fire, as well, remains undetermined, he said.

"The fires are still under investigation," Smith said.

Four people were in their condos at the time of the Campbell blaze, he added and two suffered minor burns. One firefighter, however, received a cut to the head during this incident and required five stitches.

Smith said the American Red Cross was helping the Campbell residents find housing Monday evening.

"A lot of the fire units that were fighting the big fire in Los Gatos were secondarily dispatched to the big fire in Campbell," Floyd said. "They worked very hard this afternoon. I tried my best to keep them hydrated."

Editor's Note: This story will be updated as information becomes available.

Jane Darwin June 12, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I couldn't believe the ongoing response to this fire. I work just down the street and it was over a half hour of firetrucks, paramedics and ambulance. Glad to see we have a strong response to a scary event. Hope all the firefighters are okay.


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