Abandoned Alameda Hospital Still Smoldering

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters remain at the scene of a two-alarm blaze in Alameda that sent thick smoke billowing into the air and forced authorities to issue a health advisory for nearby residents.

Alameda fire chief Rich Zombeck says the blaze at an abandoned
military hospital was reported at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. It was under control by daybreak but continues to smolder.

The smoke was so heavy authorities advised people living up to a mile downwind of the building to stay inside and keep their windows and doors closed.

The hospital has been vacant for more than 30 years and had been
slated for demolition.

Fire officials say they suspect arson as the cause of the blaze.

Zombeck says the hospital has been the site of a number of "malicious, mischief-type fires."

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