4-alarm chemical fire blazes in San Jose

SAN JOSE (KRON) — A four alarm chemical fire broke out at a San Jose Automotive Business around 12:30 a.m., according to San Jose Fire Captain Mike Van Elgort, possibly endangering the surrounding area to exposed chemical waste.

The fire dispatcher said the fire is burning in the 400 block of Reynolds Circle, near U.S. Highway 101.

Van Elgort said fire officials discovered a sign warning of hazardous materials inside was posted on the burning building.

Van Elgort said chemicals inside the building contributed to the fire. Firefighters had stopped the spread of the fire by about 2:10 a.m., Van Elgort said.

The runoff from the fire is caustic because of the chemicals inside the building and crews are working to contain the runoff so it doesn’t harm the environment, according to fire officials.

Van Elgort said firefighters are being decontaminated too.

According to fire officials, no injuries have been reported, but neighbors are advised to shelter in place.

The fire has produced minimal drift smoke and few if any residential homes are nearby, Van Elgort said.

Van Elgort said the cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.

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