San Jose firefighters braved exploding ammunition to wrestle control of an early morning house fire that sent two people to the hospital for treatment of injuries, authorities said.
San Jose Fire Capt. Reggie Williams said there were numerous calls reporting the fire in the 15000 block of Carlton Ave. at 3:48 a.m.
“We got numerous calls, one saying there had been an explosion,” he told KTVU. “It was reported to be fully involved with fire and threatening the houses both on the right and the left sides.”
Arriving firefighters immediately evacuated the threatened homes and then began to battle the raging fire.
“The homeowner told us he had ammunition in the house and the whole time we were fighting the fire we heard small popping,” Williams said. “It sounded like they were bullets…The firefighters were instructed not to get within 15 feet of the structure.”
Williams said the husband and wife who lived in the home had both been taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor burns.
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