Bay Farm Island Blaze Damages Two Homes

A Sunday evening fire at two adjacent homes brought every on-duty Alameda firefighter — a total of 59 — to the 100 block of Norwich Road. The first firefighters on scene answered a 6:23 p.m. alarm. They faced heavy fire coming from a single family home. The fire had also reached the home next door.

There was an immediate call for a second alarm. Four fire companies and a battalion chief from the Oakland Fire Department came to the Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) aid. Officers from the Alameda Police Department and work crews from Alameda Municipal Power, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and East Bay Municipal Utilities District also responded to the fire. Members of the America Red Cross and staff members from the city’s building department were also on scene.

Firefighters confined the fire to the two houses. The fire was knocked down at 7:27 p.m. and extinguished at 7:33 p.m. The fire heavily damaged both houses. An AFD investigator is working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

The Alameda County Fire Department covered all four Alameda fire stations during the fire. There were no reported injuries. Family and friends took in the families displaced by the fire.