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Two teens lose their lives; speeding likely played a role  

A motor-vehicle accident on Park Street at Lincoln Avenue has taken the lives two teenagers. A truck with seven people aboard collided with a minivan just after 8 a.m. on Memorial Day. According to witnesses, the truck was speeding southbound on Park Street when it clipped the front of the minivan at Lincoln Avenue. One witness recalled the truck going so fast the it went airborne as it crossed the Park Street Bridge. 

 

Two people suffered injuries when a residential fire engulfed a home on the 1600 block of Lincoln Avenue last Friday, March 31.

Alameda Fire Department (AFD) crews arrived at the scene at 11:32 p.m. They were met with a large blaze and smoke escaping the residence and filling the air. Three occupants: an adult male and female, and a juvenile female, were able to exit the building before fire crews arrived. 

The two adults reported minor injuries. They were treated at the scene. 

Update to Cab Driver Rescue Story
The Alameda Sun received additional information on last week’s story regarding an AFD water rescue team’s efforts to rescue a local cab driver who had driven off the road. 

On Sunday, Jan. 8, members of the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) and the Oakland Fire Department (OFD) responded to the report of an occupied vehicle in the water off Doolittle Drive at Langley Street near Oakland International Airport. 

Rescue swimmers from AFD entered the water and were able to locate and remove Jarnail Singh, 57, from his submerged vehicle.

 

A small vegetation fire on the former Belt Line Railroad property brought 15 firefighters to the scene at 9:26 p.m. Monday night. According to Alameda Fire Department Captain Jim Colburn, the fire affected an area of 4-foot-tall grass measuring 60 by 60 to 100 by 100 feet. Firefighters accessed the flames via Atlantic Avenue as shown above. No one was injured and no source was found for the fire. Plans are currently underway to redevelop the long-disused railroad property into the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. 

 

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. 

 

An early morning fire last Friday displaced a resident and injured an Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighter. The first alarm sounded at 12:25 a.m. The size of the fire prompted crewmembers to quickly sound a second alarm, bringing all on-duty firefighters to the two-story home on the 1500 block of Fountain Street. The home’s occupant had been safely evacuated. 

Station No. 3 will be rebuilt at Grand, Buena Vista

City Council members have signed off on an $8 million contract to build a replacement for a new mid-Island fire station and a new emergency operations center.

The approval, on a 4-1 vote, followed a wide-ranging discussion about what the city should be doing to better prepare for a disaster. Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese cast the lone dissenting vote. Richmond-based Alten Construction was the winning bidder.

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Three major events this weekend drew people from around the region and nation to the Island City. Dr. Buzz Aldrin, of second-man-on-the-moon fame, arrived Saturday to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his return to earth when the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down into the Pacific Ocean and was rescued by the Hornet itself. Aldrin brought some celebrity to the Island, and a very significant audience.

He talked about his childhood, his experience as a fighter pilot prior to becoming an astronaut, and about the voyage to the moon and back.

In January, Encinal High School (EHS) installed eight surveillance cameras in response to the overwhelming number of fire alarms being pulled throughout the course of 2019. The cameras were an attempt to deter students from pulling alarms and setting fires on campus. 

Before the installation of the cameras, EHS was using private security guards, different from school police or campus security, to monitor the campus. They were hired due to the intentional fires caused by students.

The City of Alameda announced that eight additional Alameda firefighters were placed under quarantine on March 13 while they await their COVID-19 test results. 

The quarantine directive for the eight firefighters came after it was announced on March 10 that a separate, unidentified firefighter tested positive for the COVID-19 virus (“Alameda Firefighter Tests Positive for COVID-19” March 12 online exclusive). 

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