Two Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighters remain at the Ferguson Fire with Water Tender Two (WT-2). They are assisting in fighting the blaze burning in Mariposa County in the Merced River Canyon near Yosemite National Park. AFD Capt. Jim Colburn said that WT-2 is assisting in supplying water to many of the engines —203 at the latest count — currently fighting the blaze. “Engines typically hold between 300 and 500 gallons of water,” Colburn said. AT-2 holds 3,000 gallons. Firefighters are working 24 hours on duty and 24 hours off.
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.
A fire at a fourplex on the 1100 block of Regent Street called 27 Alameda firefighters to the scene shortly before 5:30 p.m., last Sunday. Crewmembers arrived to find a second-floor unit on fire.
The unit where the fire started had severe damage. Two other units saw water damage and some fire damage. An investigator determined that food left unattended on a stove had started the fire, which then spread to combustible items in the kitchen.
Monday, March 10
Emergency medical responses: 3:45 a.m. High Street; 8:21 a.m. Encinal Avenue; 10:17 a.m. Willow Street; 12 p.m. Clinton Avenue; 1:30 p.m. Park Avenue; 5:21 p.m. Central Avenue; 6:06 p.m. Kitty Hawk Road.
Fire responses: 7:24 p.m. 1500 block of Park Street, assistance call for vehicle lock out; 11:05 p.m. Park Street, block number not given, commercial fire alarm.