Massive fire burns through California apartment complex

Massive fire burns through California apartment complex

Part of the structure has collapsed into a street, and a crane was spinning, but has not collapsed. Mims said she grabbed her kitten, Kango, and evacuated her building.

In the center of the flames is an unstable crane.

A huge fire at a building under construction in Oakland has been contained early Friday, but evacuations remain in place at nearby buildings.

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.

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It is still too soon to say if this fire was caused by arson, but Schaaf said in light of other fires like the one in Emeryville, the city will beef up efforts to prevent illegal activities and arson within the city.

"We were scared, because we weren't sure if it would spread or what would happen if the building came down", she said.

The building, a mixed-use complex called the Alta Waverly, was completely engulfed in flames.

It was the latest big, devastating blaze to hit Oakland.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation. "But I think we all have to be concerned when several hundred units of housing are taken off the market in the middle of an unprecedent housing crisis". The fire started burning at 4:15 a.m. near the Whole Foods and an Acura dealership.

The inferno sparked early this Friday morning, and is reportedly spreading to nearby buildings.

Alameda County sent additional units to the scene to help Oakland firefighters monitor the local neighborhoods.

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