UPDATED Fire damages home
Updated 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 17
Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that ignited this afternoon in a two-unit building in the 800 block of Cedar Street. One of the building’s occupants was home when the blaze ignited but escaped unharmed.
The fire department was called at 3:40 p.m. today about the fire, which crews extinguished in about 20 minutes, Alameda Fire Division Chief Daren Olson said. Olson said all available Alameda units were called to the scene (one ambulance crew was on another call), and Oakland fire was called in to back up the Island’s fire stations while our crews battled the blaze.
Olson said the fire started in a basement sleeping area of the duplex. He said firefighters escorted out a female resident who was home at the time of the fire.
Both of the building’s residents are being assisted by the Red Cross, Olson said.