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SAN JOSE, CA (KPIX) – A Christmas tree that was lit early Tuesday morning and shot flames in an attic and house in San Jose forced residents to retreat and injured a firefighter and a burn victim.
San Jose firefighter Peter Capinio said there were numerous 911 calls around 4 a.m. reporting a fire in residential areas on the 1100 block of Lick Ave.
When the firefighters arrived, the house was completely in flames and the residents were gathered outside. One of the residents suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital for treatment.
“According to the residents,” said Capinio. “It looked like the fire started where the Christmas tree was. The fire spread quickly around the house and attic. “
Firefighters also encountered entry barriers inside the home. A firefighter was rushed to hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in a fall indoors.
Capinio said the fire suffered as a warning to other homeowners during the holiday season. A Christmas tree can light a large fire within minutes after it is burned.
“You need to be aware, especially after you’ve been sitting for a while,” he said. “They become brittle and can very easily go up (on fire).”
Firefighters stayed on site at 5:30 a.m. and were still putting out the flames in the attic.
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