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Friday, August 31, 2012

SJFD: Firefighter Seriously Injured.

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 San Jose Fire Department Officials say a San Jose firefighter has been seriously injured while battling a three-alarm fire at a downtown church.

Capt. Mary Gutierrez says the injury to the 15-year veteran firefighter occurred before noon Thursday as crews were getting the blaze under control at St. Patrick's Cathedral located just blocks away from City Hall.

She says her injured colleague was unconscious when he was taken to a hospital. His name has not yet been released.

Gutierrez said firefighters were facing "blackout conditions" during the blaze inside the badly damaged dark, smoke-filled church. She said Some of the stained glass cathedral windows were broken and there was a hole in the sloped roof.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A crisis team has been summoned to help counsel the firefighters
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