SAN LEANDRO, CA: This past Friday, June 21st at approximately 8:24 PM, Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) firefighters responded to a 3-Alarm fire at Knops Upholstery Inc., located at 460 East 14th Street, in downtown San Leandro.
Firefighters initially made an interior attack on the fire, which appeared to originate in the rear loft and attic area, making it difficult to access. As the fire grew, portions of the loft and ceiling failed, causing firefighters to withdraw. Firefighters then took up a defensive position to fight the fire from the exterior.
The fire extended into the adjacent Sweet Fingers Restaurant, where firefighters fought the fire from the interior of the building. The properties that housed three businesses - Knops Upholstery Inc., Fashion City, and Sweet Fingers Restaurant, were all destroyed. Several nearby apartments were also affected. City of San Leandro Building and Safety staff were also on site throughout the weekend, and ensured safety fencing was installed around the perimeter of the site. A “red tag” was posted on site, deeming the buildings unsafe for occupancy. Based on the level of sustained damage, the buildings will require demolition. Demolition equipment is already on site and related work has commenced. Portions of the street and nearby sidewalks remain closed and the public is cautioned to keep a safe distance from any fire-damaged areas, due to the risk of collapse.
“Anytime a major structure fire occurs, our thoughts go out to all those who may have suffered losses, including business owners or residents who may no longer have access to their homes or possessions,” noted San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter. “I am so grateful for the bravery and perseverance of the men and women of the Alameda County Fire Department and our Building and Safety Division who worked tirelessly to bring the blaze under control and protect the public’s safety, ensuring that no one was injured. I am also thankful to the various service organizations that have made themselves available to lend assistance to those San Leandrans who may have been affected.”
The Red Cross responded to support seven people displaced by the fire. Mutual aid was also received from the cities of Oakland and Hayward, including two Oakland Fire Department engines that assisted in fighting the fire. The Alameda County Fire Department, which provides fire protection services for the City of San Leandro, responded with 15 Engines, 3 Trucks, 1 Rescue unit, 1 Breathing Air Support unit, 6 Reserve Firefighters, 1 Public Information Officer and 7 Chief Officers.
The cause of the fire remains under active investigation. A listing of local social service providers and relevant contact information is available upon request for any members of the public who may have been impacted by the fire. To make such a request, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 510-577-3372.
For further information, please contact Aisha Knowles with the Alameda County Fire Department (contact information provided above).