Abandoned Oakland building suffers 2nd fire in recent months

The building has suffered extensive damage from the previous fire.
The building has suffered extensive damage from the previous fire. Photo credit Oakland Fire Department

OAKLAND (KCBS RADIO) – A fire broke out at a building in Oakland on Friday morning that was already the site of a fire in May.

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The fire started at 5:45 a.m. Friday at the 8400 block of Edgewater Drive. When fire crews arrived on the scene, "heavy fire was blowing through the roof," said Battalion Chief Ryan Meineke in a video posted to the Oakland Fire Department's Twitter page.

"We've been here about two months prior for another large fire at this building," he said. "So it had a lot of heavy damage from that first fire."

The fire was brought under control as of 7:30 a.m. but the cause is still under investigation. The 5,000-square-foot building has been known to have squatters, according to Meineke, so that could be a factor.

The building is abandoned, and has been red tagged after the fire on May 20, meaning no one is allowed access to the structure. Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading and no one was injured in the incident.

The building has been placed under fire watch.

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