SAN JOSE -- Fire crews tackled a pair of house fires that broke out about 90 minutes apart Friday afternoon, displacing nine people and sending an elderly resident and a young child to a hospital for smoke inhalation.
The first fire broke out just before 2 p.m. at 1300 Duke Way in Willow Glen, where arriving firefighters found smoke coming out of a bedroom at the single-family home. A man and his three grandchildren who had been visiting were outside the house when crews arrived.
"The grandfather had tried to extinguish it but it was beyond his control, so he did the right thing and got out of the structure," said San Jose fire Capt. Rob Brown.
The man was evaluated for smoke inhalation and released. The bedroom was extensively damaged, and smoke throughout the home made it uninhabitable, Brown said.
The second blaze broke out around 3:30 p.m. at 1700 Goldentree Drive, off Hostetter Road in North San Jose.
The fire was in the garage of a house that had been converted to a duplex, Brown said.
Crews contained it to the garage, but an elderly resident and a young child who were at the residence were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Power had to be shut off to the home, which housed seven tenants.
The cause of fires is under investigation, Brown said.
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