Construction crane causes concerns for Oakland fire crews

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 8, 2017

The fire broke out in the area of Grand Avenue and Valdez Street and quickly grew to four alarms as the blaze fueled by building construction materials spread quickly.

In nearby Emeryville, a $35 million mixed-use project under construction has gone up in flames twice in the past year, the newspaper reported. Smoke was visible from several miles away; ABC7 reports that ash and embers landed on cars on the other side of Lake Merritt. Streets near the area were blocked so crews could do their work.

According to KNTV, the massive fire was first reported around 4:30 a.m. local time. It was to include 196 market-rate apartments and up to 31,500 square feet (2,926 sq. meters) of retail, with parking for residents in an underground garage, according to the project's website.

The seven-story building was designed by the Oakland architectural firm Pyatok for the Woods Partners development firm. Sections of the scaffolding collapsed while the heat made a crane spin. At this point, officials say it's too early to tell if the fire is suspicious.

The fire started around 4 a.m., and by 5:45 a.m., part of the structure had collapsed, KRON said.

A huge plume of smoke and ash fell over the neighborhood near the blaze.

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