VIDEO: Fire Crews Contain Fire at Mowry Crossing

Firefighters were called to a fire at the old Circuit City building off Mowry Avenue around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters contained a structure fire that sparked inside of a vacant building near Saturday afternoon.

The two-alarm fire began around 2:30 p.m. in one corner of the old 20,000-square-foot Circuit City building at Mowry Crossing, fire officials said. 

Alameda County Fire Department Fire Chief Sheldon Gilbert said approximately 10 units and 45 firefighters responded to the fire.

Fire crews received reports that one person was inside of the building at the time of the fire, but that the person was found safe outside of the structure, Gilbert said.

No injuries were reported and no evacuations of nearby businesses were made. The fire was "knocked down" by 3:30 p.m. , Gilbert said.

The fire is believed to have been started by homeless people living inside of the vacant building, according to a KTVU news report.

Fire officials said the vacant building has had a number of fires in the past few years since it . The most recent was on when firefighters fought off another two-alarm fire inside of the building.

The fire closed down portions of Mowry Avenue between Interstate 880 and Cedar Boulevard. The roads were re-opened by 3:45 p.m.

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Cindy Parks September 24, 2011 at 11:56 PM
This is nothing but an eyesore!! Something needs to be done. Was the person who was inside the building before the fire arrested for starting the fire?
Heather O September 25, 2011 at 12:19 AM
They really ought to just let the whole thing burn down. Yes, I know they can't do that, but an empty lot would be less trouble than this mess of a building!
mg September 25, 2011 at 01:49 AM
how are people allowed to squat there?! this isnt a knock to RESPONSIBLE homeless people,its the fact that "stuff" is bound to happen when you have derelicts breaking in/tresspassing. when a place is vacant for so long, the owners should be required to demolish such eyesores. it's amazing that over 40 firefighters had to respond and none of them thankfully were hurt.
Geoff Burton September 25, 2011 at 04:59 AM
You mean to tell me Homeless people are living in the abandoned Circuit City? What about the Defunct Mervin's ? If homeless are there why isn't NPD doing sweeps of the locations from time to time. I bet every bit of metal in the place has been scrapped out by the Meth heads and perhaps the fires are related to that. Take the trespassers to jail, free room and board.
James September 25, 2011 at 05:48 AM
Geoff, NPD has "Real" Crime to fight such as J-walking and Stalking Pot Dispensaries. I bet you would NEVER guess where Homeless people sleep in Newark at night. Some of the Best and Biggest "Homeless Cities" are right under our Noses.
Geoff Burton September 25, 2011 at 06:15 AM
James I've always thought that they hang around or along 84 and Ardenwood , but I haven't gone Homeless stalking, so I really don't know all their haunts.As far as real crime goes ,I drive by the Jr High and I can tell you they haven't got the rampant J walking menace under control yet, nor do they have the driving challenged parent contingent in hand. I had a tail gate stolen off my truck and they didn't want to waste an officers time with that, so I filed an online Police report. We should just go Charles Bronson on these miscreants (did I say that out loud).
James September 25, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Geoff, That's one Location, there's actually a Hidden Cave in the area that allows Homeless people to camp out in.Totally right under everyone's Nose, yet inconspicuous enough not to draw attention. I've been inside myself two or three times, it's Awesome! Back in 2006 - 2007 I tagged along with several of Newark's Homeless and wanted to see life from their Perspective while semi Documenting it. Turns out, I learned it was as doom and gloom as I suspected it to be. Newark's Homeless have taken nothing and turned it into a Positive thing. I also learned that several of Newark's Homeless, are such because they chose to escape their lives. I met one gentleman who told me a Story about how his Wife of 20+ years cheated on him and how he caught her in the act when he came home early from work one day. He hired a Private Investigator and learned she'd had an alternate Life the entire time they were married. Anyway, for him being Homeless was nothing to look down upon, it allowed him to start anew. I even met people who pretended to be Homeless just to get free food from Newark Businesses who took pity on them. They had Vehicles and lived in Houses, but made little money so they dressed like they lived on the streets and would get fed for free. Like I said in the past, nothing in Newark is ever what it seems!
jerry September 25, 2011 at 04:54 PM
But if you did they would cuff you and slap your buns in jail for assaulting a minor or brain dead driver. And its not pc correct to assault a homeless person. So much for a Charles Bronson action.
Geoff Burton September 25, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Sometimes I forget myself and delve into flights of fancy. I don't actually hate the homeless, I donate to several charities that aid the homeless and I have a soft spot for the average Joe who falls on hard times and ends up on the streets. My problem is with those who make their problems my problem by Thieving, being publicly intoxicated reliving themselves in public,approaching me or my wife at the store parking lot with cock and bull stories to bum money etc...I myself have been without work for awhile luckily I planned ahead and am alright for now.
Jay September 26, 2011 at 03:37 AM
I was in the area driving home when the fire crews started arriving and couldn't believe all the cars on Cedar stopped in the "No Stopping" area and in the middle of the street who delayed the fire engines from getting in because they couldn't get through. Curiosity is understandable, but please don't keep the first responders from doing their jobs. Next time they could be on their way to your house.


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