Exclusive Photos: The Progression Of The Friday Morning Fire In Oakland

Randall Padilla
July 9, 2017

Fire fighters are now battling the four-alarm blaze in uptown Oakland, California near lake Merritt. They live in the so-called "collapse zone" where an unstable construction crane is in danger of falling. The crane is now spinning from the heat. The fire started burning at 4:15 a.m. near the Whole Foods and an Acura dealership.

Witnesses reported hearing small explosions coming from within the structure as fire crews worked to contain the flames.

Christien Kafton, a reporter for KTVU Channel 2 News, also tweeted video of the raging fire.

Corneiro declined to elaborate or specify possible suspects in that fire, which tore through an unfinished 41-unit building on the 300 block of Lester Avenue. It is the fourth major construction project fire in Oakland in the previous year.

The building was created to include apartments and retail space. By approximately 8 a.m., the fire was deemed "under control" by the Oakland Fire Department and several residents were allowed to return to their buildings.

A plume of smoke was visible for miles.

According to White, it is too early to know what caused the fire because firefighters are still monitoring hot spots. No one was injured.

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

Embers are falling onto the streets and buildings in the area. Streets near the area were blocked so crews could do their work.

A huge fire is consuming a building that is under construction in Oakland near Lake Merritt, and evacuations at nearby buildings have been ordered.

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