Archive for the ‘Fire’ Category

Christmas in the Park 2017

Once again Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose is transformed into Christmas in the Park from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Day.

The free event includes more than 550 decorated Christmas trees, over 40 animated displays/exhibits, visits with Santa, nightly entertainment and more.

Special areas of Christmas in the Park include Reindeer Ranch, Snowflake Falls, North Pole Plaza, Gingerbread Village, Candy Cane Lane and Mistletoe Row. There is also Adoption Alley where you can adopt a cat or dog to take home.

Christmas in the Park kicks off at 6:00pm on Friday, November 24 with the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree. Christmas in the Park is then open daily 9:00am to midnight.

Christmas in the Park is expensive to produce and operate. Thus, they ask you to visit their food court. All of the proceeds go directly toward bringing this event free.

Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, 95113

Admission: Free

Public Transit

From the day after Thanksgiving (11/24/2017) through New Years Day (1/1/2018).

Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire

Fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond started at about 6:30 PM.

Shelter in place! A level 3 health warning.

I took the photo with the Live Cams Pro App on my iPad.

…as seen over the hills.

Waffle crisis averted

But if your prefer to get your radio news in Vietnamese, you could be facing trouble.

Yesterday afternoon as I walked home from a friend’s house, I saw smoke rising into the air immediately above my house. Luckily as I got closer it was clear the fire was about a mile away. The Mercury is reporting the fire was in a field at 475 Eggo Way. The fire consumed the transmitter of Vietnamese-language radio station KSJX, but spared the nearby Kellog’s factory.

The lack of damage to the Kellog’s plant denies Metblogs and other local press another opportunity to mention that Eggo waffles were invented by Frank Dorsa and his brothers in the 1930’s right here in San Jose (did you notice what I did there?). But it also means no extension of a nationwide name-brand frozen waffle shortage, caused by flooding at an Atlanta, Georgia, Eggo factory late last year, and hurrying waffle-eaters will be able to get their favorite breakfast treats.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons user Editor at Large, CC-BY-SA.

San Jose Fire Department Open House Oct 9 & 17

Select San Jose Fire Department stations will have open house on October 9 and 17, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

These open houses are an opportunity for the public to meet their local firefighters, to ask questions and pick up educational materials. The San Jose Fire Department not only provides information on fire safety, they provide information covering other emergencies along with child safety. Kids will receive stickers and can have their picture taken next to a fire engine.

This is a rare opportunity to interact with the fire department as budget cuts have eliminated some community outreach activities including station tours, along with fire safety and prevention presentations.

If you are unable to attend or are interested in addition education materials, you will find these online here. Information includes Child Car Seat Safety, Senior Fire and Fall Prevention, Senior Earthquake Preparedness, various Emergency Safety Tips (power outage, earthquake, etc.), Fire Safety – how to get your family safely out of the house in case of a fire, information about the installation and care of Smoke Detectors, Safe Surrender Baby Law, and other important information.

Visit your local fire station on the date indicated (some stations open both days):

October 9, 2010 –

98 Martha Street, 95112
800 Emory Street, 95126
3410 Ross Avenue, 95124
1201 San Tomas Aquino Road, 95117
2001 South King Road, 95122
4430 South Monterey Road, 95111
6461 Bose Lane, 95120
1771 Via Cinco de Mayo, 95132
1525 Wilson Way, 95002
3100 Ruby Avenue, 95135

October 17, 2010 –

1386 Cherry Avenue, 95125
800 Emory Street, 95126
1248 Blaney Avenue, 95129
2001 South King Road, 95122
5170 Coniston Way, 95118
1771 Via Cinco de Mayo, 95132
1525 Wilson Way, 95002
454 Auzerais, 95126
3100 Ruby Avenue, 95135
135 Poughkeepsie Road, 95123

San Jose: A New Fire Station

Willows Senior Center

A new fire station (#37) will be built adjacent to the Willows Senior Center on Lincoln Avenue at Curtner.

Public art will be featured in the design and the community’s input is important. Learn about this new station and share ideas.

Help to Shape the Public Art Vision

WHEN: Tuesday, April 6, 2010
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Willows Senior Center
2175 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose 95125

Lynn Rogers, Sr. Program Officer ~ Project Management & Civic Engagement
City of San Jose, Public Art Program
Office of Cultural Affairs/Office of Economic Development
(408) 277-5144 x15

San Jose Fire Dept – Fire Stations Map

Delmas Ave. church fire photos

Church fire

These are a few photos of the wreckage of the historic church building that burned down near downtown San Jose two nights ago. According to the Mercury News article on the fire, the church was originally (1903 – 1943) the Evangelical Lutheran Bethel Church, and later occupied by three different Baptist denominations.

While I was there another man came to take some photos. He told me he’d been a congregation member when this church was known as one of the first Baptist churches in San Jose, and he’d been married in the church.

Like the Houghton-Donner house that burned down a couple of years ago, the building was slated for renovation and conservation. If the money had materialized, it would have been moved to San Jose History Park to join other historic buildings chronicling the history of our city. But nobody was motivated to keep the place secure, and homeless people were known to camp in the building. Probably their cooking fire saved some developer from the expense of moving the building.

If you don’t want to see more of this kind of demolition by neglect, consider contacting your city councilmember and letting them know you support new laws to keep abandoned buildings secure and protected from fires.

Fire on Communications Hill?

From what I can tell there is a fire above Curtner Av. and 87.

From Sigalert:
* CHP Unit on Scene 3:01 PM
* Tfc Slowing to Look at the Fire 3:04 PM
* Caltrans On Scene–Smoke Thick Visablity is Still Good
* 171 M #3 Lane North 87 Between Cap and Curtner Shut Down
* Thomas Guide Map Coordinates: Page 854, Grid 5D

* 24-87 M Affirm Right Lane Still Blked for About 30 Mins 4:11 PM

Coconut Willie’s Cocktail Lounge

COCONUT Willie's

I get the willies* when I go by 1009 W. San Carlos at Lincoln and see Coconut Willie’s. It has looked like this since August 15th of 2004. A two-alarm fire shut down the cocktail lounge when it suffered an estimated $650,000 in damages. Back then the San Jose Fire Department offered a $500 reward for information. Has that amount been adjusted for inflation?

It was reported that then owner Ron Lucatelli would reopen within 6 months. I would be interested in knowing if Mr. Lucatelli still owns the property; if so does he have plans to rebuild. My attempts to reach Mr. Lucatelli have gone unanswered. Is the City of San Jose OK with this mess?

*willies – 1896, “spell of nervousness,” perhaps from the woollies,

Photo: Three-alarm Blaze Apple Building Six

Site of Three-alarm Fire Apple 

This morning I stopped by 20705 Valley Green Dr. Building Six to get a look at the fire damage and hopefully speak with someone. There wasn’t much to see unless you count all the TV news trucks and one photographer from the Merc. I did try talking with Apple security, but his lips were sealed. Clean-up crews were on site as was a construction contractor.

Apple Set

Fire on Apple Campus

All employees were evacuated without harm as firefighters brought a three-alarm fire at Apple’s Cupertino campus under control. The fire on Valley Green Drive was reported just after 10pm Tuesday night.

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