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.”