Firefighters Battle Massive Fire at Construction Site in Oakland

Oakland Calif. The fire broke out around dawn Friday at a seven-story building under construction forcing evacuations of people nearby and

Thick, heavy black smoke came from the site, and was visible for miles, according to Fox 61 Oakland. "Units summoned additional alarms". By 8:30 a.m., the fire was 85% contained, according to White. There were no reported injuries. He said there were security guards at the project.

Per the Chronicle, federal investigators have joined the county in trying to determine the cause of the fire.

The inferno sparked early this Friday morning, and is reportedly spreading to nearby buildings. Streets in the area were closed. But despite the calls and numerous complaints from neighbors, Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed - who has since retired - said in the days after the fire that her department had no idea there were people living or having parties at the Ghost Ship.

Khamphou said she was sitting in her auto getting ready to go to work when she saw smoke coming from the building next door. "I'm happy it didn't spread".

Here, Goody's camera captures over an hour of the fire's progress, and you can clearly get a sense of the scale of this thing, and plume of smoke it created. She said she was in her apartment when she heard someone announce there was a fire.

Oakland Calif. The fire broke out around dawn Friday at a seven-story building under construction forcing evacuations of people nearby and
A massive fire is consuming a construction site in Oakland: Reports

She said she looked out her window, saw flames and evacuated.

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

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

Firefighters were forced to take breaks because of the unsafe position of the crane.

Images from live television broadcasts showed firefighters using multiple ladder trucks to attack the blaze. Basically, they have taken a defense approach and were pouring hundreds of gallons of water on the blaze. The Intersection is set to be built again, offering 105 residential units and 21,000 square feet of retail space. The building also included an underground parking garage. Due to continued Fire Department activity in the area, some structures are still off limits.

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