A two-alarm fire that damaged but didn't destroy a two-unit Victorian home at 1333 Pearl St. Tuesday afternoon may have been caused by an overloaded electrical circuit, according to an Alameda Fire Department spokesman.
Captain James Colburn said a fire investigator noted the circuit as a possible cause early Tuesday evening.
No one was injured in the fire, Colburn said. Damage to the building is estimated at $200,000 and to the contents at $75,000, he said.
Three rooms — one in one unit and two in the other — were heavily damaged, he said. The building, originally a single-family Victorian era home, had been converted to two apartment units. No one was home in either unit when the fire broke out, Colburn said.
The lower unit suffered more severe damage, and three people and their two cats have been displaced, he said. The upper unit received less damage but is uninhabitable at present, and two people were displaced.
The fire was reported at 3:11 p.m. and the first firefighters were on the scene by by 3:14 p.m., Colburn said. The fire went to two alarms but was knocked down by 3:49 p.m., he said.
All on-duty AFD firefighters responded, with four fire engines, two ladder trucks, three ambulances, a battalion chief and five other officers, he said. The Oakland Fire Department assisted under a mutual aid agreement and sent four engines. Paramedics Plus provided routine coverage for Alameda while the AFD ambulances were at the scene the fire.
Alameda firefighters were expected to remain on the scene for some time, checking for any hidden fires, Colburn said. The Oakland Fire Department is covering at Alameda's fire stations meanwhile, he said.
Colburn said a fire investigator was en route to the site shortly after the fire was knocked down and would work to determine the cause of the blaze.