Posted by on July 7, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

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(BANT) – Firefighters in Oakland say they have contained a four-alarm structure fire that broke out this morning at a building under construction near Lake Merritt. Crews remain at the scene and are working to put out the blaze.

The fire, which broke out before 5 a.m., started at a building on Valdez Street near Grand Avenue. Firefighters have closed off roads in the surrounding area including Grand Avenue at Valdez Street.

Part of the building collapsed onto the street, and a crane at the construction site was reportedly spinning for a time but has not collapsed. Residents in nearby buildings have been evacuated.

Kamilah Mims lives in an apartment building on Waverly Street next to the parking garage of the building that caught fire.

She was standing on Grand Avenue with her kitten Kango and watching firefighters battle the blaze. “We were sleeping around 5 a.m. when we heard a woman screaming there was a fire across the street,” she said.

Mims said she grabbed her kitten and evacuated her building. “We were scared, because we weren’t sure if it would spread or what would happen if the building came down,” she said. “I’m happy it didn’t spread.”

Sarah Tyack lives in the building at 100 Grand Ave. just across the street from where the fire broke out. She said she was in her apartment when she heard someone announce there was a fire.

“At first I thought it was our building,” she said. She said she looked out her window, saw flames and evacuated.

There have not been any reports of injuries.