A firefighter stands on the roof of the apartment building at 2020 Santa Clara Ave. as a fire engulfs an apartment below him.

A pair of kitchen fires that started in apartment buildings within two and one-half hours of each other kept Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighters busy last Sunday evening.

According to AFD reports, the first alarm sounded at 4:07 p.m., the second at 6:35 p.m.