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March 26, 2013 > Milpitas Fire Report

Milpitas Fire Report

Submitted By Milpitas Fire Department

March 19 (Fire Battalion Chief Demetrious Kastros)
Milpitas Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle over an embankment on Calaveras Road, two miles east of Highway 880. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find one heavily damaged passenger sedan in a small ravine with two female occupants inside. An adult female in the vehicle had sustained moderate to major injuries. A female child inside the vehicle appeared to have minor injuries. The child was securely strapped in a child safety seat. Firefighters took approximately 15 minutes to remove the adult female. The child was removed by firefighters immediately after their arrival. Fire personnel used a "Stokes" or "Basket Stretcher" and ropes to bring the female victim up the embankment to the nearby roadway. Bothe patients were transported to a local hospital of treatment.

Milpitas Fire Department was on the scene with seven personnel responding on one engine, a ladder truck, rescue unit and one command vehicle. Milpitas Police Department closed the roadway during the rescue operations and is conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.

(Fire Marshal Albert Zamora)
Milpitas Fire Department received a dispatch for a reported structure fire in a single family residence at 149 Rose Drive in Milpitas. Although smoke was visible from over 1 mile away, firefighters arrived on the scene to find exterior furniture burning in the backyard area. There was also some limited damage to the building exterior. Telephone cable and power lines leading to the residence were also damaged. There were no injuries to either firefighters or citizens. Fire units remained on the scene for approximately one hour to assure complete extinguishment. The cause is under investigation.

March 24 (Battalion Chief Rick Frawley)
Milpitas Fire Department responded to a reported gas leak in the 1200 block of Lassen Avenue in Milpitas. Fire Department units arrived on the scene to find a residential gas line that had apparently failed during construction work. PG&E was on scene and requesting additional resources to secure the leak. Firefighters isolated and evacuated the immediate area and placed fire control measures in place. Additional Fire Department resources evacuated buildings in the vicinity of the lead. Milpitas Police units assisted with resident notifications and perimeter control. An Alert SCC notification was made to residents in the area. Eight residents were temporarily relocated to the Milpitas Sports Center while the Incident was stabilized.

The Milpitas Fire Department responded three engine companies, two truck companies, one rescue and one command vehicle to the Incident. Mutual aid was requested from the San Jose Fire Department for city coverage. Additional resources included Santa Clara County Ambulance, Supervisor, Duty Chief, Red Cross and Fire Associates. Milpitas unites remained on the scne until approximately 4 p.m. while PG&E secured the gas line. At that time residents were notified that they could return to their homes.

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