Massive fire guts housing development in glitzy Oakland district

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A massive fire early Monday gutted a building under construction in Oakland’s pricey Lake Merritt district, the city’s Fire Department reported.

Reuters has video of the huge fire.


The five-alarm fire forced the evacuation of other buildings, fire officials told the Oakland Tribune.

Two people in a nearby apartment were displaced, according to the newspaper, but the fire did not injure anyone, Battalion Chief Lisa Baker of the Oakland Fire Department said.

Fire crews first responded to the 300 block of Lester Avenue, near Hanover Avenue, at 5:07 a.m. and found the three-story building engulfed in flames.

The Lake Merritt district has been a destination for San Francisco residents looking for more affordable housing in the Bay Area, and therefore has seen a boom in development and housing prices.