Update: Two-Alarm House Fire Displaces Family

The fire damaged the home's garage and roof.

Updated Saturday, 7 p.m.

A two-alarm fire in the garage of a single-family home in Newark displaced a family and caused more than $175,000 in damage, according to Alameda County fire officials.

The fire on the 35000 block of Severn Drive was reported shortly before 2:30 p.m., Division Chief Andy Smith said.

Firefighters arriving on the scene found the garage and attic of the single-family home fully involved in flames, Smith said.

The fire was brought under control in less than 25 minutes, but it destroyed the garage and roof and caused heavy smoke and water damage inside the home. Smith estimated damage at around $175,000 to $200,000.

The occupants of the home were already outside when firefighters arrived and no injuries were reported.

The occupants were displaced, and are working with their insurance company to find temporary lodging, Smith said.

- Bay City News

P Fonseca November 11, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Prayers to our neighbors- the 2nd family to lose their home this week! How can we all help? Proud of our community!
Mona Taplin November 11, 2012 at 07:50 AM
I'm glad everyone got out safely, and would also like to know how we can help. A serious question James, -how can solar panels cause fire and what could be done to prevent it?
Mitch November 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The type of roof they had didn't help either. It was those old wooden shakes. That's what was heard popping off and up into the air. That's the worst roofing for fire. Lots of fuel.
Mitch November 11, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Props to the Alameda County Fire and Newark Police. They helped contain the fire and not let it get to any other houses other than flying embers...
Robert November 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Anyone know what caused the fire? Looks like it started in the garage.


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