Compiled by AFD Capt. Rick Murray and Dennis Evanosky
At 12:13 am, Wednesday, July 20, Alameda Fire (AFD) responded to a report of a fire at Allsafe Self-Storage at 1 Singleton Ave. Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and fire coming from inside a single-story row of 32 connected storage units. They pulled several hose lines and attacked the fire and used saws and tools to force entry and ventilate the building.
Flammable material in the storage units fed the fire. Firefighters managed to knock the fire down by 1:15 am. and fully extinguish the blaze by 3 a.m. They were able to confine the fire to seven units, which all sustained severe damage. The remaining 25 units sustained minor to severe heat and smoke damage. The fire destroyed or damaged ATV’s, motorcycles and automobiles stored in the units. There were no reports of injuries. A total of 39 firefighters responded to the fire.
The Oakland Fire Department provided mutual aid, covering Alameda’s fire stations. The Alameda Police Department, Alameda Municipal Power and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. also responded to the fire.
AFD investigators are working to determine the cause and origin. AFD Capt. Jim Colburn estimated the damaged at $750,000 — $500,000 to contents and $250,000 to the structure.