Park Street fire causes $35,000 in damage

A residential fire July 26 on Park Street caused about $35,000 in damage before it was contained, firefighters said.

No one was hurt as a result of the blaze, which was reported at 8:43 a.m. in a second-story unit above a business in the 1800 block of the street, Alameda Firefighter Jim Colburn said.

"Firefighters pulled pre-connected hose lines from the first arriving engine, forced entry and attacked the fire while others searched for occupants and ventilated the building," Colburn said in a release.

A total of 26 firefighters responded, and no one was hurt. Along with the Alameda Fire Department, the Alameda police and Alameda Municipal Power were at the scene, while the Oakland Fire Department covered Alameda fire stations as part of a mutual aid agreement between the cities of Alameda and Oakland.

The fire caused about $25,000 in damage to the structure of the building and about $10,000 in damage to the unit's contents, Colburn said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Firefighters to conduct earthquake drill Tuesday

Alameda firefighters and volunteer emergency workers will conduct a simulated exercise depicting a large scale earthquake along the Hayward fault on Tuesday at Alameda South Shore Center.

The exercise, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., is designed to enhance communication, emergency response and strengthen rapport between first responders. Participants will post 8.5-by-11-inch size sheets of paper, or "identifiers," on store front windows. The sheets, which will be as inconspicuous as possible, will describe post-earthquake problems, such as the condition of the structure and the number of victims at that location.

The goal is to have volunteers with the Community Emergency Response Team locate the sheets and report to a command post, where firefighters will redirect the information to Cities Emergency Operations Center. The center would then theoretically dispatch responders.

"We will also have a couple of fire apparatus stage near the command post in the parking lot," Alameda fire Capt. Mike DeGrano said. "They will interact with the volunteers, answer questions, and be a static display for public viewing."

The Amateur Radio Emergency Communication group also will be taking part in the exercise. For information, go to. www.Alamedacert.us.

Police target businesses selling minors tobacco

Minors acting as decoys recently visited 47 businesses and tried to buy tobacco as part of an Alameda police operation funded by a grant from the Alameda County Health Department Tobacco Control Program. The focus of the operation was to ensure that retailers did not sell tobacco products to minors and were in compliance with state law, police said.

Minors bought tobacco at two locations, which led officers to issue misdemeanor citations. Officers also conducted compliance checks in the Park Street business area to ensure there was no smoking within 20 feet of main entrances and exits and inside the businesses. Five citations were issued during these checks for violations of the city's Municipal Code.

Alameda police ask anyone who has questions or information about a business that may be selling tobacco to minors to call Detective Michael Ortega at 510-337-8596.