160 residents displaced after San Leandro apartment building goes up in flames

Nearly 160 residents were displaced from their homes in San Leandro on Tuesday after fire caused an apartment building to be red-tagged, officials say. 

Alameda County Fire Department said firefighters responded to a fire at a three-story apartment building on the 13700 block of E. 14th Street at around 5:11 p.m. Tuesday evening. 

San Leandro firefighters respond to a scene of a fire at a three-story apartment building on the 13700 block of E. 14th Street on June 27. Photo courtesy of the Red Cross. 

Smoke and fire was seen coming from the third-floor, before the flames extended to the adjacent unit, officials said. 

Twenty-nine firefighters responded and extinguished the fire in about half an hour. 

The city of San Leandro and the Red Cross are working together to provide shelter for those who have been displaced.

"The property management company of the affected complex graciously stepped forward to provide lodging accommodations for all residents affected by the fire," the Red Cross said in a statement. "The Red Cross was on site since the early stages of the incident and provided dinner for the residents. 

Officials provided an update Wednesday saying building inspectors are trying to make 25 of the 42 units available for residents to move back in. About eight to 10 units will remained closed due to fire and water damage, officials added.

Displaced residents from the fire have been given hotel vouchers, and San Leandro Police are heightening patrols in the area to deter potential looters, officials announced. 

No one was injured from in fire, officials said, adding that the building was red-tagged due to smoke and water damage. 

The origins of the fire have yet to be determined.