Arson investigators have found no smoke alarms in a San Jose apartment where three people died in a fire early Saturday morning, city fire officials say.
San Jose Fire Department Capt. Dan Vega said an investigator who has gone through the duplex apartment on South Ninth Street has found a pair of melted mounting rings for smoke detectors at the site, but no alarms. State law requires smoke alarms -- or in some cases smoke detectors connected to a fire alarm system -- in all residential units.
People who live near the two-bedroom apartment that burned did not hear any alarms, Vega said. There were early reports of people trapped in the building, and firefighters made several rescues.
Vega said arson investigators believe the fire, reported just before 5 a.m. Saturday, may have begun in the apartment's kitchen. However, damage from the blaze is so extreme that investigators may never determine a cause, he said.
City Councilman Tam Nguyen identified those who died as My-linh Nguyen, 48; her son Thuong Le, 21, a student at San Jose State University; and daughter Yvonne Le, 14, a student at Gunderson High School.