September 28 fires

Arson charges against one of the two men accused of setting a string of fires on and around Park Street on September 28 have been dropped. Alameda police said Stephen Petersen, 27, of Alameda has been eliminated as a suspect in connection with the fires based on evidence collected over the past several weeks.

Emergency calls placed in the wee hours of September 28 paint a dramatic picture of the impact of a series of fires that ripped through a seven-block radius on and around Park Street, recordings obtained by The Alamedan show.

“There’s a woman screaming for help. There’s a fire in the back of her house. She’s screaming for help. Hurry!” a woman who called at 1:37 a.m. about a fire at a home on the 1300 block of Regent Street told dispatchers.

While on hold, a woman – whether it’s the same caller or another is unclear – can be heard telling another person to go to the neighbor yelling for help.