On this page is raw video from four different angles of a multi-alarm fire Wednesday night at a townhouse complex under construction in Santa Clara, California that threatened occupied buildings.
From what I can tell the video above was taken on the A side of the burning buildings by a frightened neighbor before the arrival of firefighters. The second video appears to have been shot shortly after the arrival of the first engine company and shows the exposures on the B side. Video three is later in the operation and shows the view from the D side exposures. The final video is from outside the complex showing the C side and the ladder pipe operations.
Authorities on Thursday continued to investigate a raging five-alarm fire in Santa Clara that destroyed unfinished townhouses as residents chased out by the blaze were gradually allowed to return to their homes.
Randy Titus, a battalion chief for the Santa Clara Fire Department, said the fire destroyed two structures each with four units that were under construction. He estimated the fire caused $2.4 million in damage, not including damage to surrounding townhomes that were occupied.
No one was hurt in the blaze and 50 firefighters who responded were able to keep the flames from reaching nearby homes that were occupied, Chief Bill Kelly said.
But two three-story townhomes that were in the framing stages were a total loss.
“They had 100-foot flames on them,” Kelly said. “So, pretty good fire.”
The fire was first reported at 10:05 p.m. in the 1900 block of Hillebrant Place, Battalion Chief Mason Weirshauser said.
First responders found heavy fire, and firefighters immediately started a defensive operation to prevent the fire from spreading, Weirshauser said.
A total of four alarms arrived on the scene, and a fifth alarm was called to cover the rest of the city. The San Jose and the Santa Clara County fire departments provided mutual aid.
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