Last October, a five-alarm fire erupted at an apartment site under construction near Lake Merritt, which is under two miles from Friday's fire.
"We were sleeping around 5 am when we heard a woman screaming there was a fire across the street", she said. No injuries were reported.
Hours after Oakland's fifth fire in recent years at half-finished residential buildings - three of which were previously deemed arsons - federal investigators said Friday for the first time they were investigating a fourth of the five as arson. "I'm happy it didn't spread". "I thought it was going to come down". "Not just cameras but people guarding buildings".
In the center of the flames is an unstable crane.
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Firefighters battled the blistering fire, which sent embers shooting onto a neighboring house. The crane was whirling out of control through the flames, elevating the concerns of firefighters.
Images from live television broadcasts showed firefighters using multiple ladder trucks to attack the blaze.
A construction worker was of the opinion that someone may not have wanted more buildings along Auto Row, which is a hub for new developments.
The building was created to include apartments and retail space. Plumes of smoke not only blanketed the area, but were also visible from as far as the South Bay. Due to continued Fire Department activity in the area, some structures are still off limits.