SAN JOSE — A heavy fire broke out at a commercial building in the heart of downtown San Jose on Thursday morning, damaging the structure that houses some of the area’s most popular bars and eateries.
The four-alarm blaze was initially reported at 10:19 a.m. at 81 East San Fernando St., according to the San Jose Fire Department. It was steadily raised in its severity classification within an hour, but a fire spokesperson stressed that the two-story building was unoccupied at the time the fire started, and that no injuries have been reported.
Blaze in downtown San Jose on East San Fernando
Several buildings damaged including Cinebar pic.twitter.com/hxCRo1LV8G
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Heavy smoke and flames could be seen emanating from the building, which houses businesses including Cinebar — one of the longest-running bars in the South Bay — the bar Los San Patricios and Chacho’s eatery.
It was not immediately clear how heavily the businesses were damaged, but SJFD spokesperson Erica Ray said firefighters were able to isolate the fire to the original structure and keep it from spreading to adjacent buildings.
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