Firefighters Rescue Residents Trapped by Blaze on Lafayette

Firefighters Rescue Residents Trapped by Blaze on Lafayette


Members of the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) rescued two people from a burning single-story residence on the 1000 block of Lafayette Street just after 2 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25. 

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 2:02 a.m. Arriving crews were met with smoke emanating from the housing structure. They located two trapped residents and rescued them by helping them through a bedroom window, according to AFD Fire Captain James Colburn. Personnel from the Alameda Police Department helped with the rescue.

Paramedics treated both people at the scene. One of the victims was transported to a local hospital to treat non-life-threating injuries, while the other was released. 

The cause of the fire was determined to be combustible items — believed to be loose paper — placed near a floor furnace, according to a fire investigator. The flames caused heat and smoke damage throughout the house. 

Colburn said damage to the house was not too bad. Fire damage was limited to the interior entry way along with the attic and basement. Crews were able to quickly knock down the fire and search for any additional trapped occupants. The fire was extinguished at 2:32 am. AFD left the scene at 4:41 a.m., according to Colburn.

There were no other reported injuries. A total of 24 firefighters responded to the scene. Colburn was unsure who reported the fire to authorities. The displaced occupants are staying with family members.

Oakland Fire provided mutual aid to cover vacant Alameda fire stations. Other assisting agencies include the Alameda Building Department, Alameda Municipal Power and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.