Milpitas’ holiday weekend ended with a residential fire on Manferd Street’s 400 block.

It happened just before 9:30AM. Heavy smoke and fire filled the area’s air, and the Milpitas Fire Department (MFD) called in firefighting and rescue support from Fremont and San Jose.

The impacted home’s a single-family residence. Its interior was burning, and the fire also posed a risk to the neighbor’s residence. No injuries were reported, as the initial residence had been evacuated, although a family pet was sadly lost in the blaze.

Upon extinguishing the fire, Milpitas firefighters investigated. The main structure had suffered significant damage, while the neighboring structure had undergone significantly less (described as “minimal” in a MFD press release).

As of yet, no cause for the fire has been found. Six residents have been displaced as a result of it. Oftentimes, Red Cross intervenes to help house displaced residents, but in this case, relatives have been able to step in and grant them shelter.

If anyone has information, please reach Deputy Chief Rick Frawley at: 408-586-2824

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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