5-Alarm Fire Rips Through Former KNTV Studio in San Jose

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Firefighters battled a 5-alarm fire on Sunday in downtown San Jose at the former KNTV news studio.  They received the call around 3pm.

Arson investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze.  It has been abandoned for a decade, but approximately thirty homeless people have taken up residence at the studio.

The San Jose fire department had to call for assistance from neighboring cities in order to get the blaze under control.  Firefighters began to leave by 5pm, but two firefighters were injured.  They were treated at the scene.

The fire was so hot the radiant heat could be felt across the street.  Power lines, phone lines, and power poles were burning within the first 15 minutes of the blaze igniting.

Jacob Rangel, a neighbor of the building, said, "I just saw the whole place flaming up like there's no way they could stop it.  It's too late.  There was one part where there was this pressure that came out of the building, and it just turned into this little tornado and it was rushing toward everyone that was standing on the block, and they just started moving them because the debris was so sharp.  It was like, cutting you."

San Jose Fire Captain Reggie Williams said, "This fire was very hot.  We could feel the radiant heat from across the street.  We had power lines burning.  The phone lines were burning.  The power poles were burning so we had a lot going on in the first 10 or 15 minutes of this fire."

Crews needed to spray 6,000 gallons of water per minute at the hheight of the fire.  The fire was so strong, firefighters had to request the water company to increase water pressure.