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Posted: 4:28 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
KTVU.com and wires
SUNNYVALE, Calif. —
Fire crews have controlled a three-alarm fire at a Sunnyvale apartment building Thursday afternoon that destroyed multiple units, a Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety captain said.
The fire at a 12-unit apartment building in the 200 block of West California Avenue was reported shortly after 3 p.m., Capt. Dave Pitts said.
Around 4 p.m. the fire had been controlled, Pitts said.
Pitts said the fire was likely burning for quite some time before anyone called 911 due to the intensity of the flames and the amount of damage first responders found when they arrived.
He said many units sustained severe damage in the blaze and residents will not be able to return to their homes.
The Sunnyvale Town Center Apartments are listed in that block, which was shut down between North Murphy and North Sunnyvale avenues for several hours.
Pitts said the Red Cross would be helping roughly a dozen families who cannot return to their homes tonight.
He also said a small dog was rescued from the fire. No one was injured in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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