California fire damages two homes and a store, leaves 7 homeless

An Alameda, California fire damaged two homes as well as a small business. No injuries were reported, but seven people were left without a place to live.

Almost 60 firefighters responded to the 7:12 a.m. call, which at the time had already spread to two buildings in the 600 block of Central Avenue. Alameda's fire crews were joined by the Oakland fire department, and when all was said and done, the two crews used seven fire engines and three trucks to contain the blaze.

The fire wound up causing minor smoke, water and fire damage to a bait shop, as well as severe damage to a home set-up above the store, which was gutted by the flames. The fire also spread to a second building adjacent to the shop, where an attic and bedroom sustained damage. Firefighters say the building on the other side of the bait shop was also threatened, but that they managed to protect it from the fire.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced families find temporary housing.

While rare, events like this do happen, and having a good insurance policy can help mitigate the financial impact while property owners are dealing with the distress of the aftermath of a fire.

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