A boater remained in critical condition Tuesday from burns he suffered when an explosion and fire occurred on his sailboat at the Grand Marina five days earlier.
The construction worker, 30, who lived part-time aboard the boat, was airlifted to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center after the explosion and fire broke out shortly before 1 p.m. Feb. 7, authorities said. No one else was injured.
What caused the explosion remains under investigation, Alameda fire Capt. Jim Colburn said Tuesday. But the fire may have been sparked by an explosion of a small propane tank for a stove aboard the 30-foot sailboat, which was docked in the 2000 block of Grand Street, police said.
The man jumped in the water to extinguish the fire on his clothes, fire Division Chief Doug Long said. Crews transported him to Rittler Park, where he was airlifted to the medical center. An estimate of the damage that the fire caused to the boat was not available.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6 ATTEMPTED COMMERCIAL BURGLARY -- A man who was spotted repeatedly attempting to kick open the door of a closed business in the 1700 block of Viking Street was arrested on suspicion of burglary, police said. The man, who was taken into custody about 12:20 a.m., was also drunk, police said. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 7:50 a.m. in the 1800 block of Poggi Street. Police also recovered a stolen vehicle just after noon in the 1400 block of Benton Street. The location of the theft was not available.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7 DRUG POSSESSION -- A man, 31, and a 32-year-old woman were arrested about 4:30 p.m. at Belmont Place and Mecartney Road. The man was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant, while the woman was carrying suspected methamphetamine and two glass pipes for smoking the substance, police said. Officers initially detained the couple because they matched the description of theft suspects who were reported in the neighborhood.
FRIDAY, FEB. 8 VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 10:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Tideway Drive, while another vehicle was reported stolen at 1:20 p.m. in the 1800 block of Eighth Street. UNDER THE INFLUENCE -- A motorist, 19, suspected of being high on marijuana was arrested about 9:40 p.m. following a traffic stop in the 2500 block of Otis Drive.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a man, 74, just after 8 a.m. on suspicion of drunken driving in the 1100 block of Lafayette Street after he was involved in a traffic collision.
SUNDAY, FEB. 10 VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle theft was reported about 4:40 a.m. in the 2200 block of Clement Avenue. COMMERCIAL BURGLARY -- A thief unbolted security bars and broke a glass window before entering a business in the 600 block of Central Avenue and stealing a cash register, police said. The break-in was reported about 1:50 p.m. BURGLARY TOOLS -- A 27-year-old man whom a patrol officer detained for riding a bicycle at night without a headlight, which is a vehicle code violation, was arrested after he showed signs of being high on a stimulant, police said. The man was also allegedly carrying suspected burglary tools.
MONDAY, FEB. 11 DRUG POSSESSION -- A man tossed a cigarette pack onto the ground containing suspected methamphetamine and prescription depressant pills when he realized a patrol officer was about to detain him for riding a bicycle without a headlight at night, police said. The incident occurred just before 1 a.m. in the 300 block of Pacific Avenue, where police arrested the 50-year-old man. BURGLARY -- Someone stole a home stereo from an unlocked storage closet in the 2500 block of San Jose Avenue in what police have classified as a burglary. The theft was reported about 1:20 p.m. FORGERY -- A man and woman were arrested after they used counterfeit money to buy items at South Shore Center Safeway, police said. The man, 51, was carrying "numerous counterfeit currency," police said, while the 41-year-old woman lied about her identity to avoid being arrested. Both were also on probation as part of previous theft convictions. AUTO BURGLARY -- A GPS device was reported stolen about 7:20 p.m. after a thief broke a window of a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Tucker Avenue. A vehicle break-in was also reported about 11:30 a.m. in the first block of Jouett Square.