San Leandro fire displaces 6 people


Six people were displaced and a dog was killed in a one-alarm blaze at a duplex in San Leandro Friday morning, Alameda County fire officials said.

Fire crews responded to a report of a fire at about 4:25 a.m. at a two-story duplex in the 2300 block of Fairway Drive near Doolittle Drive, fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.

When crews arrived, the fire was burning on both the first and second floors of the building, Knowles said.

All of the residents got out by the time firefighters arrived, Knowles said.

Firefighters feared that the flames could spread to houses on either side of the building and at first fought the blaze defensively,
Battalion Chief Ronnie Oatis said.

Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze by 5:20 a.m. and prevented any damage to the adjacent buildings, according to fire officials.

There was extensive damage to both units in the duplex and firefighters expected to be putting out hot spots at the building until about noon, Oatis said.

A dog was found dead in the second-floor unit, Oatis said.

No civilians or firefighters were injured in the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Knowles said.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents with temporary housing.

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