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UPDATE Fire burns Clinton Avenue home

Submitted by on 1, August 23, 2010 – 11:35 amNo Comment

Updated 1:27 p.m. Monday, August 23

A Clinton Avenue resident and her infant daughter escaped an early morning house fire unharmed, a fire official said today, though the home sustained major damage and most of its contents were destroyed.

The fire caused $500,000 in damage to the home and $100,000 in damage to its contents, Alameda Fire Department Operations Chief Mike Fisher said Monday. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fisher said the home’s owner called 911 at 1:27 a.m. today to report the fire, which she discovered behind her refrigerator when one of the home’s smoke detectors went off. Fisher said the fire jumped to a neighboring home as well, casuing an estimated $5,000 worth of damage.

Fisher said the department’s entire shift responded to the fire, as did the Oakland Fire Department. Fisher said Oakland and county firefighters manned the department’s stations during the hour local firefighters battled the blaze.

Firefighters initially responded to a different address because the phone’s signal gave off the resident’s former address, one of the woman’s neighbors said.

The woman’s husband, a pilot, was away at work, and three older children were at other family members’ homes when the fire broke out, a neighbor said. The woman and the baby are staying with friends nearby.

One of the woman’s neighbors is collecting clothes and baby supplies for the children. They are looking for size 6 months clothing for the baby girl and Huggies diapers, size 12-18 pounds; size 12-14 pants for the 10-year-old boy and size extra-large shirts; and size 10-12 pants and large shirts for the 9-year-old twin girls. They are also seeking baby supplies, including bottles and formula, and also gift cards.

To help, contact Anousheh Mortazavi at 864-2015 or mortazavi2020@yahoo.com, or friend her on Facebook, where she has set up an event page with more information.

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