A two-alarm fire in an Alameda building that caused nearly $500,000 in damage Saturday appears to have been caused by a faulty electrical power cord, according to fire officials.
The fire at a two-story residential building located at 2050 San Jose Avenue was reported just after 4 p.m., fire department spokesman Juan Medrano said.
Responding firefighters found a working fire in progress and called a second alarm, before bringing the fire under control at 5:25 p.m., fire Capt. James Colburn said.
The fire damaged two units and displaced five people, officials said. The American Red Cross was called in to assist those displaced.
Damage to the structure was estimated at $400,000 and to the contents at $70,000, Colburn said.
All occupants were able to get out of the building safely and there were no injuries.
Investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical power cord in a second-floor bedroom, Colburn said.