A four-alarm fire ripped through a strip mall early Wednesday morning, damaging several businesses, fire officials said.
The roof of the strip mall, located at 31875 Alvarado Blvd., collapsed prior to the containment of the fire early this morning in Union City, according to an Alameda County fire official.
Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at Alvarado Place Shopping Center at 1:05 a.m. Crews had the fire contained around 3:30 a.m., fire officials said. As of 6 a.m., firefighters were still on scene, according to KTVU 2.
About 50 residents in an apartment building on Dyer Street behind the retail center were evacuated for precautionary measures when the fire erupted, but they have since been allowed to return home, fire officials said.
Nine businesses, including a beauty salon, a travel agency and multiple restaurants were damaged in the fire.
Fire officials told KTVU 2 they believe the fire was burning for quite some time before it was reported.
One firefighter sustained a laceration to the back of his hand while fighting the fire and was transported to a local hospital, said Alameda County fire department spokeswoman Aisha Knowles.
- Bay City News