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UPDATED Fire consumes Bay Farm home; firefighters injured

Submitted by on 1, June 15, 2009 – 12:00 pm6 Comments

81Updated 1:04 p.m. Monday, June 15

A two-alarm fire consumed a home on Bay Farm Island this evening and sent one firefighter to the hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire reignited at 3:02 a.m. but was extinguished in about 10 minutes, Alameda Fire Division Chief Daren Olson said. Olson said a second firefighter was injured on that call, sustaining burns to his hand.

The department sent 18 firefighters to the scene when the fire reignited early this morning, Olson said.

The two-story home, on the 100 block of Inverness Way, originally caught fire shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday, drawing all 24 Alameda firefighters on duty and personnel from the Oakland Fire Department. Division Chief Matt Tunney said the fire was under control about a half hour after firefighters arrived, but not before a firefighter was injured.

The firefighter, who apparently fell through some burned stairs, was transported to the hospital by private ambulance with second degree burns on his left flank, Tunney said. Olson said Monday that the firefighter was released Sunday night and is doing well.

Tunney said the house “is pretty much destroyed.” The house was unoccupied when it caught fire, save for the family dog, who died in the fire, Tunney said.

Fire Marshal Mike Fisher said he’s still investigating the cause of the fire, but he doesn’t suspect foul play. “It’s not suspicious at all,” Fisher said.


  • C Heimans says:

    Just a note to the Oakland Firefighters that came to help – Thanks Seeing both the Alameda and Oakland fire engines gave us some feeling of relief. There were 8 engines on our street were a welcome sight. Only Alameda returned at 2:00 in the morning with 3 trucks. At 7:00 Am this morning there was still a Engine left on the street when I left for work.

  • Keith Nealy says:

    I thought some firefighters hang around for just such an eventuality. Not so? Isn't re-ignition a common possibility?

  • Lester Cabral says:

    Word is that it took the fire department forever to get there, and they had to change clothes before they could start??

  • C Heimans says:

    Interesting enough the fire broke back out at 2:30 in the morning. The fire department had left at 10:00 in the evening and the contractors left at midnight. The neighbors dog across the street alerted all of us that something was wrong. We came out of our house to find the house fully engulfed again and called 911 – the trucks returned and put the fire out again. Pretty scary stuff. Not sure what to say about the time or the changes listed. It did seem to take longer than it should when it first broke out but I think anything like this scares everyone.

  • Eve says:

    Didn't something like this happen not so long ago with a house fire near Otis School–the fire department left, only for the fire to reignite a few hours later. I searched for stories, but couldn't find it. Maybe you remember, Michele?

  • Arby says:


    Yes, It was on Versailles. Here's the story from the Sun

    "Shortly after departing the scene, firefighters received a second call at 5:53 a.m. — the fire had re-ignited. Because of the construction of the house, which is early 20th-century with the extensive use of lath and plaster inside, "there was probably a hot spot hidden," in the walls, according to Tunney."

    I doubt if the house on Bay Farm was lath and plaster. Also, remember the FISC fire kept reigniting? Isn't the fire department supposed to hang around for a while when there is a structure fire? There are so few structure fires in Alameda, it seems like this should be a priority.

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