OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A 3-alert fire broke out inside a 2-story Victoria building early Monday, ran through a building and spread to two neighboring homes.
A huge column of smoke rose above the fire, which was visible even across the Gulf of San Francisco for miles away.
Auckland fire officials announced to the media around 5:30 p.m. that crews were responding to calls reporting fires near 9 a.m. and Chester in the Lower West Auckland neighborhood.
At least three buildings were severely damaged in this 3Alarm incident on the 9th & Peralta. This is still an active scene. pic.twitter.com/QfcWpQi1bp
– Auckland Fire Department (CA) (@OaklandFireCA) July 19, 2021
Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke from the house and immediately launched an angry attack to prevent it from spreading to the crowded neighborhood. However, the flames jumped on two neighboring houses, causing them extensive damage.
The response was quickly raised to a 3-alarm as about 50 firefighters battled the blaze.
The intensity of the fire inside the first house forced firefighters to leave the building. They had to throw hundreds of liters of water from the outside into the fire.
The resident took a KPIX 5, was knocked on his door by Auckland police officers and told he had to leave now.
No casualties were reported. The fire also caused power outages in the surrounding area.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A fire investigator was at the scene.
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