Rescue in Alameda


ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — Firefighters rescued a resident who was later taken into custody from the balcony of a burning apartment building in Alameda Wednesday morning, according to a fire chief.

The fire had been burning for over an hour at a four-unit two-story apartment building located in the 3200 block of Briggs Avenue near Lincoln Park, Alameda fire Chief D’Orazi said.

The man rescued from his second-story balcony was in custody and being questioned by police.

Some tenants said the man intentionally set the fire after several days of odd behavior–including at 24-hour at the county psychiatric ward on Sunday and flooding his apartment on Friday.

“I just woke up to smoke and then I heard the window break out and that’s when I knew the house was on fire,” Twila Kennedy, who lost everything she owns and lives next door to the man, said.

“I suspected that he would do something like this after the flood.”

One firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters are continuing to put out the fire but the four-unit building is already considered a total loss.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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