SJ: Fire destroys garage, RV but nearby houses spared


A garage and an RV were destroyed the night of Nov. 17 in a fire just south of San Jose’s Japantown, the San Jose Fire Department said.

The fire was reported about 6:45 p.m. Nov. 17 in the 400 block of North Fifth Street near Empire Street. The initial call was for an RV on fire on an adjoining property to where the garage was, fire Capt. Brad Cloutier said, but the flames spread to a wooden fence and to the garage.

Both the garage and the RV were destroyed, Cloutier said, but firefighters were able to prevent flames from spreading to other nearby buildings. The cause of the fire was still under investigation the night of Nov. 17, said Cloutier, adding that the northbound lanes of Fifth Street past the fire scene were still closed as of 8:15 p.m.

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