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Resident Rescued From Balcony Of Burning Alameda Apartment Building

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A resident had to be rescued from a balcony of a burning Alameda apartment. (CBS)

Firefighters knocked down a 2-alarm house fire in San Leandro Friday morning. (CBS)

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ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — A man was arrested on suspicion of arson after being rescued by firefighters from the balcony of a burning apartment building in Alameda Wednesday morning, according to a fire chief.

David Prado, 45, was arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with Wednesday’s morning two-alarm fire that destroyed a four-unit apartment building.

The fire had been burning for over an hour at a four-unit two-story apartment building located in the 3200 block of Briggs Avenue near Lincoln Park, Alameda fire Chief D’Orazi said.

Some tenants said Prado intentionally set the fire after several days of odd behavior–including a 24-hour stay at the county psychiatric ward on Sunday, after flooding his apartment on Friday.

“I just woke up to smoke and then I heard the window break out and that’s when I knew the house was on fire,” Twila Kennedy, who lost everything she owns and lives next door to the man, said.

Police confirmed neighbors’ claims that Prado was in psychiatric hold over the weekend.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters are continuing to put out the fire but the four-unit building is already considered a total loss.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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