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Alameda Firefighters Battle 3 Blazes In Just 16 Hours

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

ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — Alameda firefighters responded to three separate structure fires during a 16-hour period on Thursday and Friday, according to fire officials.

On Thursday at 2:39 p.m., firefighters responded to an apartment fire in the 1500 block of Ninth Street.

Firefighters found a fire on the second floor of the building and were able to contain the blaze to one unit.

Officials said the unit sustained fire damage, and two other units sustained minor damage.

Officials estimated the damage to the structure and contents at $55,000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The American Red Cross assisted the displaced residents.

Fire officials said firefighters responded to a second fire Thursday at 6:50 p.m.

Firefighters responded to multiple calls of smoke and flames coming from the window of a first-floor apartment in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue.

Firefighters located the fire in the kitchen of the apartment and were able to put it out before it spread to other units, according to officials.

Investigators said the fire started after food was left unattended on the stove.

The damage was estimated at $20,000, and the American Red Cross assisted two displaced residents, according to fire officials.

The third fire was reported Friday at 6:01 a.m. on the 1300 block of Mound Street.

Firefighters responded to a call of smoke inside the residence and located a fire burning under the structure’s sub-floor, according to fire officials.

Firefighters used power saws to open up the floor and were able to extinguish the fire.

Officials estimated the damage to the structure at $10,000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There were no injuries reported in any of the fires.

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