A vacant commercial building on the edge of downtown Livermore is likely a total loss after being severely damaged in a fire early Monday morning, according to fire officials.
The building appeared empty when firefighters arrived and no injuries were reported in the end, according to Joe Testa, deputy fire chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. The cause of the blaze remains under joint investigation by police and fire officials.
What would be an intense firefight began after the report of a structure fire came in just after 6:30 a.m. Monday for a boarded-up commercial building on Railroad Avenue at the northwest corner of the North K Street intersection.
Testa said firefighters arrived to find the vacant multi-tenant building "well involved in fire." After first investigating to confirm that no one was trapped inside, LPFD firefighters began a defensive fire attack to gain control from outside at ground level with large hose lines and from above with aerial ladders.
Firefighters brought the fire under control after about an hour, according to Testa. The two-alarm fire response involved 10 fire engines and trucks and about 35 fire personnel from LPFD and the Alameda County Fire Department.
The building suffered a roof collapse and is believed to be a total loss, Testa said. It appeared both side-by-side commercial units were vacant, including one that used to be a local pool and spa business.
No injuries were reported during the incident. LPFD and Livermore Police Department officials are investigating the cause and origin of the fire, according to Testa.
Railroad Avenue was closed between Livermore Avenue and L Street during the fire response Monday morning.