SAN JOSE -- A suspected electrical fire in an underground parking garage inflicted serious burns on a maintenance worker and also injured a person who rushed to his aid Friday morning, according to the San Jose Fire Department.
Fire crews were summoned about 10:50 a.m. for an initial report of people trapped in an elevator in the Pavilion building, in the 100 block of South First Street. Moments later, they got a call reporting injuries in a basement-level electrical room and smoke in the building, fire Capt. Cleo Doss said.
Responding fire crews blocked the Second Street side of the Pavilion building to tend to the injured man, who was taken to the hospital.
The person who helped rescue the burn victim was also hospitalized for smoke inhalation, Doss said. That person's name was not immediately available. A search of the building did not find anyone trapped in an elevator, he said.
Smoke and fire alarms flushed dozens of people onto Second Street, which is dotted by several popular restaurants that had to halt their business while Pacific Gas & Electric cut off power to provide safe access for emergency personnel. Vehicle traffic and light-rail trains were briefly shut down between San Carlos and San Fernando streets.
Fire officials said the injured worker was caught in a flash fire and suffered burns above his waist. No other injuries were reported. The exact cause remains under investigation.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.