COYOTE -- An intense fire ravaged a lumberyard near the southern edge of San Jose, where firefighting efforts were initially slowed by a lack of a readily available water supply, authorities said.
The fire broke out about 7:45 a.m. at the Padula Lumber Co. at 8149 Monterey Road about a mile south of Metcalf Road, and was brought under control about an hour later.
The fast-moving fire destroyed three structures on the property. Because there are no hydrants in the vicinity, firefighters relied on trucks to shuttle water to the fire site 2,000 gallons at a time.
Cal Fire Capt. David Hori said he expected crews to be on scene until Tuesday afternoon, noting the abundance of dry wood on the grounds. Crews were dumping water on smoldering debris after bringing the blaze under control.
The lumberyard owner reported the blaze. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Officials didn't immediately have a damage estimate.
Responding fire crews came from San Jose, Gilroy and the statewide Cal Fire, owing to the yard's location in an unincorporated part of the Santa Clara County. Cal Fire has a contract to provide personnel to the Morgan Hill Fire Department and South Santa Clara County Fire District.
The fire was occurred across the road from the Coyote post office in the unincorporated town of Coyote, which is between San Jose and Morgan Hill.
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