Oakland Firefighters Battle Two-Alarm Fire

(Oakland Fire Department photo, Twitter)

Eighth Street fire involved two houses

George Kelly, East Bay Times


Dec. 16—OAKLAND — Firefighters and other first responders were at the scene of a two-alarm fire that displaced nine residents of a West Oakland neighborhood, authorities said Wednesday.

At 2:20 p.m., Oakland Fire Department firefighters responded to reports of flames at two structures in the 1600 block of Eighth Street between Chester and Campbell streets in the city’s Prescott neighborhood, fire spokesman Michael Hunt said.

More than four dozen firefighters arrived to find a column of smoke towering over a Victorian house and a building next door, and called a second alarm at 2:27 p.m.

The fire, which preliminary evidence suggested began on the first floor in the next-door building, was brought under control by 2:54 p.m., Hunt said.

No official cause was immediately available, but an Oakland Fire Department investigator was on scene and Pacific Gas & Electric crews arrived to cut power to the houses. Oakland police officers responded to provide traffic control nearby, and paramedics also responded but there were no reported injuries.

Six adults and three children were displaced, and Red Cross Bay Area staff were notified to provide assistance, Hunt said.

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Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.


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