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UPDATED Firefighters douse fire at defunct pier

Submitted by on 1, August 10, 2010 – 12:30 pmNo Comment

Photo by Michael Singman-Aste

Updated at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, August 10

Firefighters extinguished an early-morning blaze under a defunct pier behind the Encinal Terminals property at the corner of Buena Vista Avenue and Sherman Street.

Alameda Fire Department Operations Chief Michael Fisher said firefighters aren’t sure what started the single-alarm fire and that firefighters couldn’t get in to investigate due to the location of the fire and the extent of the damage. Fisher said he didn’t think the fire was caused by arson, and he said that there was some electrical equipment under the pier.

Fisher said firefighters got a call about the fire at 4:30 a.m. and that they called in the Coast Guard and the San Francisco Fire Department for help battling the blaze, with Oakland firefighters covering Alameda’s stations. He said the fire was out by 5:30 a.m.

Firefighters were still on scene this morning, working with a crew from Alameda Paving and Excavation to clean up the wreckage. Fisher said the crew was “peeling back the pier” to ensure no hot spots from the fire remained.

He said the Army Corps of Engineers hauled away a “big chunk” of the pier, which had fallen into the water.

Fisher said a company that refurbishes shipping containers had been leasing the Encinal Terminals property but that they recently moved out.

“The pier hasn’t been used for years,” he said.

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