Firefighters Battle Central Ave. Blaze

Courtesy photo Firefighters attack a fire at the residence above Central Avenue Bait and Tackle. just after 7 a.m. last Friday. Crewmembers found fire on the second floor of the structure, with extension into the neighboring dwelling.

Sun Staff Reports

Fire engulfed the upstairs of a West End building last Friday, causing severe damage to the residential portion above a bait shop popular with local fishing enthusiasts. The residence above Central Avenue Bait and Tackle caught fire just after 7 a.m.; firefighters found fire on the second floor of the structure, with extension into the neighboring dwelling on the right-hand side. Fire was also threatening an apartment building to the left of the involved structure.

Firefighters stretched several lines and attacked the fires in both involved buildings. The firefighters knocked down the fires and fully extinguished the flames without any further spread.

The call went to two alarms, sending all on-duty Alameda firefighters to the scene, along with recalled off-duty members and mutual aid from the Oakland Fire Department. A total of 56 firefighters responded to the scene. Additional mutual aid companies covered at vacant Alameda fire stations.

The main structure received heavy fire damage throughout the upstairs residential portion. Firefighters were able to confine the fire in the neighboring residence on the right to one bedroom and attic. The apartment building to the left did not appear to be damaged. The nearest business, RAGS Coin Laundry, is constructed of cinder block and brick and appeared to be undamaged.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries. A total of seven occupants were displaced and being assisted by the Red Cross.

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