OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Three carports caught fire Tuesday morning in Oakland, an Oakland fire dispatcher said.

The carports underneath an apartment building were on fire at 276 Adams St., the dispatcher said. A call came in about the fire at 4:07 a.m. Everyone at the building was safely evacuated.

Resident Leah Maddock woke up to the smell of smoke.

“I heard popping sounds so I tried to go out my front door and it was just a wall of black smoke,” said Maddock. “I tried to call 911…which didn’t work and just stood in the courtyard screaming fire.”

Three vehicles were damaged, and several units have smoke and water damage. The building was evacuated. For firefighters, their job was twofold- protecting the apartment building from the flames, and putting out the car fires.

“We sent extra resources to this fire, so we had enough people to put extra hose lines on the fire,” said Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Robert Lipp.

Firefighters will try to determine the cause of the fire.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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