City to Provide Support for Businesses Affected by Strip Mall Fire

Paddy’s Coffee House is also collecting donations to support the business owners.

The City of Union City is offering support for the businesses affected by a devastating four-alarm fire at an Alvarado Boulevard strip mall early Wednesday morning.

The fire occurred at about 1:05 a.m. at the Alvarado Place Shopping Center, located at 31875 Alvarado Blvd., and ripped through 10 businesses, caused the roof to collapse over several of them, injured a firefighter and took 90 minutes to contain.

The City of Union City announced today that it will work with business and property owners on swift recovery efforts.

“In 17 years, the city has not had a fire of this magnitude, and we appreciate the prompt response by the Alameda County Fire Department, as well as the Fremont and Hayward Fire Departments,” Deputy City Manager Tony Acosta said in a statement.

“The City stands with the businesses affected, and are doing what we can to get them up and running again,” Acosta added. “City staff continues to work hard to keep the area safe. We understand that this disaster can be physically and mentally demanding for the business owners, and we are committed to helping them recover and rebuild.”

To help the businesses impacted by the fire, city staff will expedite the permitting process and help identify other available properties within Union City.

Businesses impacted by the fire that are in need of assistance can contact the city’s Economic and Community Development Department at 510-675-5319.

Paddy’s to collect donations for businesses impacted by fire

Other local businesses are also rallying support for those affected by the fire.

On Monday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16, Paddy’s Coffee House will be collecting donations for the fire victims.

Community members are encouraged to contribute any amount and are not obligated to make a purchase at the café.

“We have all patronized those businesses in some way or the other and enjoyed their hospitality. Now it is our turn to help them when they need it most,” owner Paddy Iyer said.

“Let’s come together as a community.”


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TTFN October 11, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Go Paddy!
Cheri Nguyen October 14, 2012 at 08:01 AM
My mom Lan Nguyen owns "The Magic Touch Salon" that burnt down in that fire. It's a complete loss. Very sad... The one thing she misses the most is waking up every morning getting to the shop with a cup of coffee, chatting with all the neighbors and getting the shop all ready for the daily business. Seeing all her regular customers. She has done this for the past 15 years here. Now she wakes up every morning feeling lost, empty and displaced. The shop was her livelihood. It was her pride and joy, now just a boarded up lifeless torched lonely building. It is what it is I tell her. Nothing we can do about it. I always tell her look at the bright side, no one was hurt. We will rebuild bigger and better a fresh new look. It may take awhile but everyone will be invited to the re-Grand Opening!!!!! In 8 months or so?.... Lol but it will happen and we look forward to it! Thanks to everyone for all the support. To all our Customers, family and friends we will be BACK! Cheri Nguyen
John Everymann October 14, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I hope the insurance company is coming through. Look at the glass as half full. That strip mall has needed remodeled for quite some time. was quick stop and perry`s affected by the fire?


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