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Nov 23, 2012 6:30 PM by Associated Press

San Jose firefighter injured in 3-alarm blaze

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A San Jose firefighter is recovering after he suffered injuries when a ceiling fell on him while he battled a three-alarm blaze at a townhome.

Fire officials say the firefighter - a 16-year veteran - suffered a concussion and a neck injury in the Thursday night blaze, but was later in good spirits and was expected to be back on the job after some time off.

Firefighters were called to the blaze a little before 8:30 p.m. The injured firefighter was among a group of firefighters climbing a staircase when a waterlogged piece of sheet rock fell.

The other firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The fire damaged four of the six homes in the complex and displaced more than a dozen people. The cause is under investigation, but fire Capt. Rob Brown tells the San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/TaIq6L) it appears to have been an accident.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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