SAN JOSE-- It took nearly three hours for firefighters to gain control of a two-alarm fire in a large family home in unincorporated San Jose, officials said.

Crews responded to reports of a fire near Higuera Road and Quail Canyon Road about 3:20 p.m., and upgraded to a two-alarm response about five minutes later, San Jose Fire Captain Rob Brown said.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the two-story, single family home, which is estimated to be about 3,600 square feet, Brown said. All six residents made it out of the home safely, along with the family dog.

The fire likely started on the wood-shingled roof, which has burned off entirely, Brown said.

The blaze was difficult to contain due to risk of collapse in certain parts of the house.

The fire was knocked down at about 7:10 p.m., though crews will remain on scene throughout the evening to extinguish any remaining hot spots, Brown said.

Contact Erin Ivie at eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.



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