Update: Firefighters looking into cause of home fire

Update: Firefighters looking into cause of home fire

Michele Ellson

Alameda fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a home fire that caused an estimated $400,000 worth of damage and injured three firefighters.

Firefighters said they were alerted to the fire, on the 800 block of Cedar Street, at 12:39 p.m. Monday and arrived in about three and a half minutes. It took 41 firefighters, including some called from Oakland and Alameda County, nearly two hours to knock down the blaze, according to a department-issued press release.

Prior to the fire department's arrival, a resident of the home was led safely outside by a neighbor who saw smoke coming out of the two-story Victorian home and went inside to look for occupants. The firefighters who were injured in the blaze were all treated on-scene; two suffered from heat exhaustion, and a third was hit by falling debris.

Firefighters are searching for the cause of the fire, which Alameda Fire Captain Michael DeGrano said Monday appeared to have started either in the rear of either the home's basement or the first floor.