AFD Douses Point Structure Fire

Courtesy Alameda Police Department All firefighters on duty were called to put out a fire on the 1000 block of West Midway Avenue Sunday.

The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) were called to Alameda Point last Sunday, July 12, after a report of smoke coming from the window of the former bachelor’s enlisted quarters at 1000 W. Midway Avenue.

AFD responded with a first-alarm assignment of three engines, two ladder trucks, one medic unit (ambulance) and the duty chief. Arriving firefighters discovered dark smoke coming from windows on the second floor of the large, two-story building, according to an AFD report. Due to the size of the building and smoke conditions, additional crews were requested, bringing all on-duty firefighters to the scene.

Firefighters were able to force their way into the building and make their way up to the source of the fire. They extinguished the fire with two hose lines. Other firefighters searched for occupants and ventilated the building. Fire damage was limited to one room and its contents, with extension into an adjacent hallway, along with smoke and heat damage throughout the surrounding second floor area. No injuries were reported.

The building was formerly a barracks for the U.S. Navy. The building has not been used since 1997, when the Alameda Naval Air Station closed.

The Alameda Police Department (APD) and an AFD fire investigator are investigating the cause, which at this point is deemed suspicious. There were signs of squatters occupying the building in the past.

Several outside agencies assisted with the extinguishing of the fire including APD, Alameda Municipal Power and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The Oakland Fire Department assisted by covering AFD’s stations just in case another fire was reported in the city.