SAN JOSE -- Firefighters battled two fires in South San Jose on Thursday, the first destroyed a family home and the second a storage unit.
A family of four was displaced in the first fire that was reported at about 1:55 p.m. at Broken Lance Court, near Chynoweth Avenue and Monterey Road, said fire Capt. Cleo Doss. Firefighters arrived to find the lone occupant, a male adult, outside, and saw flames and smoke coming from both the back and front of the home.
Fire crews brought the blaze under control within about half an hour, but not before it inflicted heavy damage on the home.
No injuries were reported. Four people lived at the home, and the American Red Cross was summoned to help them find housing.
The fire is believed to have started in the center of the home, and was likely accidental, Doss said. An exact cause is under investigation.
The second fire started in a tree just before 6 p.m. Thursday and quickly spread to the pine-needle covered roof of a storage unit in a commercial storage facility on Snell Avenue near Capitol Expressway, according to fire dispatcher Tracy Deitschman.
No injuries were reported in the two-alarm fire that firefighters controlled within a half an hour.