SAN JOSE -- Three people escaped a burning home in South San Jose on Saturday after an appliance apparently sparked a large fire, authorities said.
Capt. Cleo Doss of the San Jose Fire Department said the two-alarm fire sent one older man to the hospital for heat-related injuries. The other two occupants, and responding firefighters, were unhurt.
It took more than 40 firefighters about 50 minutes to knock down the two-alarm blaze on 749 Braxton Drive, just west of Highway 101 and south of Hellyer County Park. The first call came into 911 at about 4:45 p.m., and by the time crews arrived, the home was fully involved with smoke and fire, and all three occupants were outside.
Crews forced entry to the home and were able to keep the smoke and fire from spreading to the two homes on either side of the house.
Doss said an initial investigation led firefighters to think the fire was caused by some kind of appliance malfunction.
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