Fire rips through former San Jose Japantown restaurant

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

SAN JOSE, Calif. – A fire in San Jose just before midnight on Sunday ripped through a vacant building in the Japantown neighborhood.

Firefighters say the flames caused major damage, but no one was hurt at the building near 5th and Jackson streets. 

Investigators are now trying to determine if the fire could be linked to people who were living in the vacant building.

“I am getting reports from the property owners of the building that there were homeless people staying in the building or encamping in the area of the building,” Fire Capt. Graham Flanagan said. 

Firefighters say the building that went up in flames was home to a Japanese restaurant called Kubota, but it appears to have been closed for several years.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.