Two-alarm fire in Oakland burns building under construction, forces evacuations

Firefighters controlled a two-alarm fire in Oakland that burned at least one building and caused evacuations in other ones, a fire spokesman said.

The blaze broke out around 7:45 a.m. at the corner of 2nd Avenue and International Boulevard, Oakland Fire spokesman Michael Hunt said. Firefighters called for a second alarm at 7:55 a.m. because of the number of buildings that were threatened, he said.

A building that burned early Tuesday in Oakland was believed to be unoccupied, according to fire officials (Photo By Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area News Group). 

The property that was burning was under construction and there were no reports of any injuries or anyone having been displaced, Hunt said. The building was believed to be vacant.

Occupants of nearby buildings that were threatened by the blaze were evacuated and remained outside the building at 8:30 a.m., according to Hunt.

Resident Wil Bailey said he saw the smoke rising from an apartment building from his own home a few blocks away. He said he has seen workers at the old apartment building who appeared to be preparing it for an eventual re-opening.

“I think it’s completely unoccupied. I’ve always wondered, because the windows have always been drawn on the first floor,” Bailey said. “And on the second floor, they’re always open.”

At least 20 firefighters were at the scene.

Please check back for updates.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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