The Alameda Fire Department received multiple reports of the fire at 2:37 a.m. and upgraded the incident to a 2nd alarm at 2:46 a.m. The site is just one block away from the department’s headquarters and Station #1 at Park Street and Encinal Avenue.
The fire was suppressed by 4:27 a.m. and confined to a single three-story building by 4:27 a.m. Investigators were still on the scene as of 8:00 a.m.
Building occupants were evacuated with no injuries.
The Alameda Fire Department has been particularly pro-active in recent months in its use of the Nixle community alert service to distribute post-mortem press releases of fire events. Early last year, the firefighters union hired a media relations consultant.
The department suffered a black eye in May of 2011, when Raymond Zack died in the water off of Crown Beach as firefighters stood onshore waiting for a Coast Guard boat.