700 forced from homes amid Oakland fire

Lucy Hill
July 9, 2017

According to the site, East Bay Redeveloped, the project was supposed to rise on what was a large surface parking lot and a small commercial building. Part of the structure has collapsed into a street, and a crane was spinning, but has not collapsed. The crane is now spinning from the heat.

A $35 million mixed-use project called the Intersection under construction in downtown Emeryville, on the Oakland border, has burned twice in the past year in fires that were so big they damaged nearby homes and businesses.

Christien Kafton, a reporter for KTVU Channel 2 News, also tweeted video of the raging fire.

Police have blocked off roads around the burning building.

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.

The fire, northwest of Lake Merritt, sent flames high into the air, and a plume of smoke was visible for miles. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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Firefighters are pouring numerous streams of water onto the blaze, which broke out in the 7-story building before dawn Friday at 24th and Valdez streets.

In the center of the flames is an unstable crane.

Due to its instability, everyone within a three-block radius of the construction site was evacuated, according to fire officials.

Fire crews monitored the roof tops of nearby buildings to make sure the airborne embers do not ignite other blazes. A crane swung around uncontrollably during the height of the fire.

Streets in the area are closed.

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