Structure Fire Takes Life

Courtesy KTVU    A firefighter uses a saw to gain entry to a home, where an elderly man lived alone. Firefighters later discovered his body inside.

At 5:50 a.m., last Monday, the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded to the report of a house fire on the 2300 block of Eagle Avenue. When the firefighters arrive, they saw fire coming from the basement and first floor of a single-story home. They learned from bystanders that an elderly man lived at the house and was likely still inside. 

Some of the 33 firefighters who responded made their way into the home and searched for the occupant, while others extinguished the fire. Firefighters had the fire under control within 10 minutes. They discovered a deceased adult male inside the home at 6:15 a.m.  

Crews from the Oakland Fire Department provided mutual aid, covering the fire stations. Crews from Alameda Municipal Power, the city’s Building Department and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. also responded to the fire. Other than the fatality, there were no other injuries reported. Authorities did not identify the victim, but neighbors said that he was in his early 90s. He was a Navy veteran who had lived alone in the home. Neighbors said that a caretaker lived with the victim during the week, but was not present when the fire broke out. 

AFD investigators are working with Alameda Police Department and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to determine the fire’s cause and origin.