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2014 arson fires come to mind

The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded to reports of several fires within a four block radius of each other on the west end of Alameda last Thursday, Aug. 27.

AFD were notified of the first blaze early Thursday morning and arrived at the 1800 block of Ferry Point at 3:44 a.m. Four engines, two ladder trucks and two medical units were dispatched to the scene, along with the duty chief, to fight the fire.

A two-alarm fire that broke out on Central Avenue Aug. 21 damaged more than just the bait shop. The residence above the shop was burned, and the house next door at 641 Central Ave. was more severely damaged than originally reported. Longtime residents Araceli and Ruben Quezada, both teachers in San Francisco schools, were en route to work Friday when they heard that their home was on fire.

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.

As part of its ongoing "Living Ship Day" program, USS Hornet recently honored the members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and its rescue of the "Lost Battalion."

The 442nd, formed in 1943, was a segregated U.S. Army unit composed mostly of second-generation Japanese-American soldiers.

Most Japanese Americans who fought for the United States in World War II were Nisei, born in the United States to immigrant parents.

The Alameda Fire Department announced a new program last week aimed at improving health care for members of the community, beyond the usual role of the paramedic in the emergency system. The Community Paramedic Program is a two-year state- and county-funded pilot project aimed at addressing gaps that currently exist in the health-care system, according to AFD. The department hosted a public open house to introduce the program to community members at City Hall last Friday afternoon.