SAN JOSE — A home damaged by a four-alarm blaze in February caught fire again Friday, authorities said.
The fire at 445 Auzerais Ave. was reported around 2:30 p.m. by a firefighter who was painting the exterior of Station 30 across the street, said San Jose fire Capt. Tim Miller.
Miller said the home was boarded up and fenced off following a four-alarm fire that damaged it and another residence at 449 Auzerais Ave. on Feb. 26. But that didn’t stop someone from breaking in and setting several fires throughout the home on Friday.
An arson investigation is underway, Miller said.
The blaze was contained to 445 Auzerais Ave. and crews cleared the scene by 5:30 p.m. There were no injuries.
Unlike with the previous fire, crews were able to douse the flames right away. That is because an engine capable of carrying water was recently returned to Fire Station 30, said Miller, adding that budget cuts were to blame for its removal roughly six years ago.
“We are rebuilding the fire department,” he said.
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