SAN JOSE -- A blaze that broke out in the bedroom of a home a block away from a fire station was quickly knocked down by arriving crews Thursday night, but a resident and neighbor both suffered minor cases of smoke inhalation while trying to fight the flames themselves, according to fire officials.
The report of smoke coming from a home on the 400 block of Auzeriais Avenue came in shortly after 7 p.m. and firefighters from Station 30 -- just a few houses down and in the shadow of the Highway 87 offramp to Interstate 280 -- were there within minutes.
"They got water on the fire and kept it in check to the room of origin," said San Jose fire Capt. Rob Brown.
Brown said there was smoke damage throughout the single-family home, and one adult and two children who live there full-time were displaced, as well as two more kids who live there part-time. The Red Cross was helping them find temporary housing, Brown said.
The adult resident, who tried to fight the fire with a garden hose, was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation while a neighbor who went through multiple fire extinguishers in an effort to quell the flames declined treatment, Brown said.
He said that most of the house will be habitable after cleanup and reconnection of utilities.
The cause was not immediately known and remains under investigation.
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