One hurt, one arrested in apartment fire

One hurt, one arrested in apartment fire

Michele Ellson

Updated at 1:28 p.m. Wednesday, November 27

An Alameda man has been arrested and a firefighter injured in a destructive, early-morning apartment fire that authorities had deemed suspicious.

The Alameda Fire Department says that David Prado, 45, has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Firefighters were dispatched at 2:47 a.m. Wednesday to the fire at a Victorian fourplex on the 3200 block of Briggs Avenue, where the second floor and roof were engulfed in flames. Oakland and Alameda County fire department units were ultimately called in to help quash the two-alarm blaze, which the Alameda Fire Department said caused $800,000 worth of damage and took more than two hours to defeat. One firefighter was taken to Alameda Hospital after sustaining a non-life threatening injury.

Firefighters rescued a man from a second-floor balcony - Prado - who was later taken into custody as a person of interest, they said in a press release. Other residents jumped from their units to safety, firefighters said.

Occupants displaced by the fire are being assisted by the Red Cross, the release said.

Residents of the apartment building told NBC Bay Area that Prado had run-ins with the building's managers before and that he had previously flooded the complex; they also said he had recently been taken to a psychiatric facility. Police confirmed that Prado had been taken for a psychiatric evaluation on Sunday; Alameda Police Lt. Jill Ottaviano said police and firefighters are continuing to investigate.