News in Brief

AFD Responds to House Fire

Alameda firefighters were called to a house on the 1600 block of Paru Street to put out a blaze Saturday, June 27.

The firefighters arrived at the residence around 1:56 p.m., said Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Captain James Colburn, after the occupants discovered smoke in the attic of the one-story home. The firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in less than 20 minutes, according to Colburn. Damage was limited to the attic and goods stored there.

One firefighter was treated for a minor injury, but remained on duty. The two occupants of the house were displaced. Firefighters say the fire started by accident when a halogen lamp bulb came in contact with combustible materials, Colburn said.

"Those halogen lights put out a lot of heat," he said.

AFD Offers Safety Program

Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Safety Accessibility Program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents over 62 and to the disabled of any age.

The program installs both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as grab bars, handrails and raised toilets. It also provides nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks.

"The program is eager to serve you and your family," said AFD Chief Doug Long. If you are an Alameda resident, call Ruth Ann Crawford at 337-2133 to see if you or your loved one qualifies.

World Cup Soccer to Broadcast at the Theater

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is offering a free televised simulcast of Women’s World Cup Soccer. The live event will be presented in the Cineplex at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 4 and 4 p.m. Sunday, July 5. Seating will begin 30 minutes before game time.

Alameda Cinema Grill will sell wine and pizza at the theater’s snack bar in addition to fresh theatre popcorn and snacks. Free tickets for this event are available at the Theatre Box Office only; limit two per person.