Gusty winds early Friday played a role in an attic fire that quickly grew to two alarms and heavily damaged a San Jose home, authorities said.
The San Jose Fire Department said it got a call at around 2:30 a.m. from the owner of a home in the 800 block of Foothill Court reporting flames shooting out of the roof.
“I said: ‘Hurry Up! Hurry Up!,’” said homeowner Joe Huh of his 911 call. “I could see the flames (coming out of the roof).”
Arriving firefighters found the attic and the second floor engulfed in flames. The fire was brought under control at 3:51 a.m. but not before the home was badly damaged.
Firefighters said the mother had smelled smoke, run outside and realized her home was on fire. She rushed back inside and grabbed her 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son and woke up her elderly parents. All six family members were able to escape unharmed.
Fire officials said the fire had been smoldering for some time before the family noticed it. They said wind blowing through the attic vents helped fan the flames.
The source of the fire remained under investigation, but firefighters believe it was probably accidental and electrical in nature.
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