VIDEO: Officials investigate string of suspicious fires in San Jose

Willow Street fire (Courtesy of the San Jose Fire Department)


SAN JOSE (KRON) — Firefighters are investigating two strings of suspicious fires in San Jose early Thursday morning, authorities said.

All six fires started outside in piles of debris and were all located within a 2-mile radius in Central San Jose, fire officials said.

The first three fires were all reported between 1:57 a.m. and 2:11 a.m. in the area around Clark Street and Dorothy Avenue in Willow Glen, but did not cause much damage.

Three more fires were reported between 4:38 a.m. and 5:01 a.m. in the area around Willow and Vine streets, about a mile away in the Tamien neighborhood.

The second of those fires, reported at 4:49 a.m., in a debris pile behind a convenience store in an area containing the occupants’ garbage and storage.

That fire spread to the store in the 200 block of Willow Street, leading to a two-alarm response. An aggressive interior attack by firefighters contained it to the store, fire officials said.

Last month, San Jose fire officials called in federal authorities to investigate a fire at the Assyrian Church of the East in Willow Glen.

Two or three other fires had been reported in the neighborhood that same week, fire officials said May 8.



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