Oakland Fire Destroys Construction Site; No Injuries Reported

Massive fire burns at Oakland construction site

Part of the building has collapsed onto the street, and a crane at the construction site was spinning for a time.

Mims said she grabbed her kitten and evacuated her building.

According to the site, East Bay Redeveloped, the project was supposed to rise on what was a large surface parking lot and a small commercial building.

The crane, which was swinging around on its own amid the flames, is adding additional concerns to firefighters.

Investigators are looking into the cause of a massive fire October 31 that gutted a three-story apartment complex under construction east of Oakland's Lake Merritt. It would have created 196 market-rate apartments and up to 31,000 square feet of retail.

Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Erik Logan says traffic and residents are temporarily blocked from the area as a precaution.




"I saw a lot of smoke". You have to be careful and get ready to get out.' He called me and said, 'Oh honey, the fire started getting worse and he asked where my passport and papers are. Our apartment won't be safe anymore.

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

The project - the Alta Waverly - was under construction as a mixed used building and was nearing completion in early 2018.

City councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney said Oakland leaders will not take Friday's fire lightly. "We are grateful that no injuries were sustained and we are working closely with local fire officials and investigators to identify the cause of the fire". The fire was burning near the Whole Foods and an Acura dealership at 24th and Valdez Street.

Residents in nearby buildings have been evacuated.

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