Tenant held in Alameda apartment fire

tenantriskverification November 28, 2013 0

by: Kurtis Alexander

A man rescued by firefighters from a burning apartment building in Alameda early Wednesday was arrested on suspicion of starting the fire, authorities say.

David Prado, 45, was among several people who were trapped on the second floor of the two-story building when flames engulfed the apartments on the 3200 block of Briggs Avenue shortly before 3 a.m., according to firefighters. Several jumped from balconies to escape the flames while a fire crew lowered Prado to safety.

No tenants were hurt, though one firefighter was treated for a minor injury.

The fire was extinguished at about 5 a.m., said Alameda Fire Capt. Jim Colburn.

Prado was arrested on suspicion of arson, Colburn said. Investigators have not released details on how Prado might have started the fire.

The blaze displaced seven people at the four-unit building, and the American Red Cross was working to find them accommodations.

This article was written by Kurtis Alexander and originally published on sfgate

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