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UPDATE: 3 firefighters injured in Alamo house fire response

Heat-related injuries sustained as temps top 100 degrees Monday

Three local firefighters were taken to the hospital after sustaining heat-related injuries while responding to a house fire in Alamo on Monday afternoon, according to a fire district spokeswoman.

The injuries occurred as outdoor temperatures reached triple digits along Las Quebradas Lane, where the unoccupied and under-construction home caught fire.

Fire personnel got the call about the second-alarm structure fire, in a neighborhood near Stone Valley Middle School, around 1:05 p.m. Monday, said Kimberly French, of San Ramon Valley Fire. Neighbors reportedly saw smoke billowing and called 9-1-1.

First-arriving crews found heavy smoke and flames at the side of the single-story house, and it appeared the fire started in a side yard before spreading to the home itself, French said. The cause remains under investigation.

Firefighters undertook an "immediate offensive attack" and gained control of the fire in less than 30 minutes, she added.

The house was damaged during the blaze, and the only injuries reported were those sustained by three firefighters, according to French. The trio, whose names were not revealed, were treated at San Ramon Regional Medical Center and released, she said.

The overall response by San Ramon Valley Fire included six engines, two trucks, two paramedic ambulances, one breathing support unit, three chief officers and two fire investigators, according to French.

In the wake of the Alamo house fire, French said the fire district wanted to remind residents to create defensible space around their homes by cutting dry grasses and disposing of debris. It is also important to properly dispose of flammable materials and to store paint away from heat sources, she added.

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