August 18, 2007

Fire Destroys West Coast Sporting Goods

West Coast Sporting Goods Fire

West Coast Sporting Goods at 13720 E 14th St. was destroyed by a fire late Friday, August 17, 2007. The business was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived, filling the neighborhood with smoke while burning embers floated up and over the adjacent building of doctors' offices. The fire spread to the wall of the neighboring Casa Camelias apartment building. Firefighters were able to put it out before it damaged the interior of the apartment building, but smoke and water caused some damage. With nearly a dozen fire engines, including some from Oakland, the firefighters had nearly extinguished the fire by midnight. No injuries were reported.

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Update: According to the Alameda County Fire Department, the cause of the fire was accidental. West Coast Sporting Goods is now operating out of its warehouse at 1855 Alvarado Street in San Leandro.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at August 18, 2007 2:06 AM | TrackBack

Very sad.

Posted by: Sharon at August 23, 2007 12:32 PM

This is truely sad. I have shopped there before and during every baseball season for the last 10 years. I wish the best for the store owners and staff.

Posted by: Oakland Babe Ruth Parent at August 27, 2007 11:21 AM
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