Early this morning, a two-alarm blaze broke out inside a San Jose laundromat, incinerating the establishment and charring two neighboring storefronts.
Around 5 a.m. this morning, San Jose Fire Department crews descended on the 1100 block of Hillsdale Avenue, close to the Almaden Expressway, to extinguish a reported fire at a strip mall. As reported initially by Bay City News, the fire was contained and controlled in less than an hour, with no injuries reported. However, a pair of shouldering business – a taqueria and pizzeria – sustained damage to their storefronts, as well; there's no word yet on the exact extent of the destruction, however.
Overnight 2nd Alarm commercial fire is under control. Fire crews saved multiple units at a strip mall fire. Crews are still on scene, Eastbound Hillsdale Ave is closed at Gardendale Dr. pic.twitter.com/VGF87dy65n— San Jose Fire Dept. (@SJFD) November 23, 2019
Because the fire was burning inside a dry cleaning business, a hazmat team was called out to the scene. Though, thankfully, they reported no dangerous chemicals were present or burned, marking the area "safe" to enter.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and an arson investigation team was reported at the scene, as well.
This blaze comes just a week after a four-alarm fire torched four businesses and a few residential properties in The Castro, causing copious amounts of damage and displacing some thirteen people at the time.
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