Castro Valley Fire: 3-alarm fire damages Lake Chabot Public Market, now under control

CASTRO VALLEY, California. (KGO) — A three-alarm fire burning the Lake Chabot Public Market in Castro Valley is now under control.

The building is home to several small businesses and food vendors, including a cafe, a ramen restaurant, and an ice cream parlor.

The market is located on Chemin du Lac Chabot, not far from the Castro Valley community center.

Alameda County firefighters received the call around 2:20 a.m. Crews spent an hour battling flames inside, but eventually had to exit when the roof began to give way. The aggressive fire caused a roof to collapse around 3:25 a.m.

The video shows violent flames coming from the entire building. ABC7 flew over the damage with a drone: parts of the roof were missing, the interior was burned, the building was a total loss.

Suki Lin owns a poke bowl restaurant inside the popular market – one of six vendors located there, according to their website. “I don’t know. I’m shocked right now. I don’t even know what to say,” she said.

Lin was expecting busy summer months and now she fears they may have to close for a long time. “Everyone comes here, gets drinks, gets food for work. I don’t know. It’s so awkward for everyone right now.”

“We come here frequently. We go down to get ice cream after dinner. We’ll come and get meat from the butcher shop,” said customer Heather Mocker.

Chabot Elementary School is closed due to smoke and road closures, according to district officials.

No injuries were reported. At that point, it was clear how the fire started.

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