San Jose family escapes house fire


A family of five and their dog safely escaped a fire in their San Jose home early Sunday morning after smoke alarms alerted them to the blaze.

Fire crews were called around 1:20 a.m. to a house in the 4600 block of Rotherhaven Way, San Jose Fire Capt. Rob Brown said.

Flames burned across the front of the home, sending smoke from the house.

Crews were able to get the fire under control by 2 a.m., the captain said.

Brown said the fire appears to have started in a front room of the house, where flames torched a Christmas tree and several newly wrapped gifts underneath it. The fire heavily damaged the home’s front rooms with smoke and soot damage to the rest of the house.

The exact cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Two adults, three children and the family dog all exited the house safely after the house’s smoke detectors went off.

“They were all asleep and the smoke detectors woke them up,” Brown said.

The fire captain said the incident illustrates the importance of having working smoke detectors throughout the home.

“In this case, it really did save their lives,” he said.

The family has been displaced and plans to stay with friends and relatives, he said.

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