Fires Keep AFD, APD Busy
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Ivan Lee

A firefighter sprays water on a fire at 1203 Park St. Reports of the fire came into the Alameda Fire Department at 2:37 a.m., Tuesday. When they arrived firefighters attacked the blaze that was burning on the building's second and third floors. It took two hours to knock the fire down. See story below about other fires.

An early morning fire on Park Street, an arson fire at the Oakland Raiders' headquarters on Harbor Bay Parkway, a tug boat fire in the Oakland Estuary and a house fire on Eighth Street have kept Alameda firefighters and police officers busy.

Both the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) and the Alameda Police Department (APD) responded to the report of an early-morning vehicle fire at the Oakland Raiders' facility, 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway. The fire was reported at 4:06 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. Firefighters arrived two minutes later to find a BMW fully involved in flames. The car was up on blocks with its wheels missing. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. There was no damage to the surrounding buildings. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $15,000. APD is investigating the incident and asks that anyone with information contact Sergeant Jeff Emmitt in the property crimes unit at 337-8392.

A mechanical malfunction may have sparked a fire aboard the tug boat Z-Five on Wednesday, March 20. The fire brought AFD, the United States Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish & Game to the scene. AFD dispatched firefighters to the waters off the 2200 block of Mariner Square Drive at 10:14 a.m. They were able to confine the fire to the tug boat's engine room.

The fire injured three crewmembers. Firefighters treated the victims at the scene. The victims then drove themselves to the hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. The fire is not considered suspicious. An estimate of damages was not available.

A house fire brought 33 firefighters to the 1300 block of Eighth Street last Thursday. They arrived to find a two-story, singlefamily home heavily involved in flames.

Firefighters pulled hose lines and attacked the fire. They also searched the home, where they found a dog and cat, both deceased.

AFD determined that the fire had started accidentally in the front of the house. Damage to the home was estimated at $350,000. The blaze also did some $150,000 worth of damage to the home's contents.

The fire injured two firefighters whose injuries were treated at the scene. There were no civilian injuries.

The Oakland Fire Department (OFD) stepped in and provided mutual aid with an engine company and ladder truck to cover Alameda's fire stations.

 

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