Friday, 21 July, 2017

A massive fire is consuming a construction site in Oakland

A huge fire at the building under construction in Oakland has been contained early Friday but evacuations remain in place at nearby buildings Massive fire rips through building under construction in Oakland
Mae Harvey | 09 July, 2017, 01:03

Oakland is blocking off streets surrounding a burned building site until crews can take down a giant construction crane hanging over the neighborhood.

Mims said she grabbed her kitten and evacuated her building. Due to continued Fire Department activity in the area, some structures are still off limits.

The crane, which was swinging around on its own amid the flames, is adding additional concerns to firefighters. It would have created 196 market-rate apartments and up to 31,000 square feet of retail.

She drove away, thinking the fire wasn't bad, but called her husband who was still at home to warn him.

Investigators with the Alameda County Arson Task Force and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are now looking into the cause of the fire but declined to speculate on what sparked the flames.

"We were scared, because we weren't sure if it would spread or what would happen if the building came down", she said.

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Friday's early morning fire destroyed the seven-story building site but there were no injuries. Authorities have not connected any of the fires, though they suspect arson in a recent blaze on the Oakland-Emeryville border.

The building, known as Alta Waverly, was set to be completed next spring.

Per the Chronicle, federal investigators have joined the county in trying to determine the cause of the fire.

The fire is burning at 24th and Valdez streets near an Acura dealership and Whole Foods, according to ABC7 San Francisco news station.

Weeks before the tragedy, Oakland firefighters had urged senior fire officials to consider immediately shutting down the halfway house because of safety problems.

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