3-alarm fire rips through building under construction in California

09 July, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Flames spill out of a building under construction in Oakland Calif. on Friday

The fire was burning near the Whole Foods and an Acura dealership at 24th and Valdez Street.

A fire set at a three-story development east of Lake Merritt in Oakland last October was determined for the first time Friday by federal investigators to have been intentionally set. Nearby residents consider the fire to be highly suspicious.

Thick, heavy black smoke from the site is visible for miles.

Oakland Interim Fire Chief Darin White said his department got a call from a "lone caller" reporting smoke from the project at 4:30 a.m. Investigators believe the fire was ignited accidentally by a candle.

Breaking news out of the bay area as an apartment building under construction goes up in flames. No injuries were reported.

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"We were sleeping around 5 am when we heard a woman screaming there was a fire across the street", she said. Due to continued Fire Department activity in the area, some structures are still off limits.

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

Alexandria Corneiro, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the October 31, 2016, fire that gutted a three-story√ apartment complex east of Oakland's Lake Merritt was intentionally set.

Firefighters battled the blistering fire, which sent embers shooting onto a neighboring house.

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