OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A firefighter was injured in a blaze that destroyed a vacant home in the Oakland hills early Monday morning, an Oakland fire battalion chief said.

The one-alarm fire was reported at 1:40 a.m. at a single-family house near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Sunkist Drive, Battalion Chief Erik Logan said.

The house was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived, and it took them about 40 minutes to get the blaze under control, Logan said.

Crews focused on preventing the fire from spreading to neighboring homes, and attacked it from both inside and outside the home that was burning, he said.

Since the house was vacant, no residents were affected. However, a firefighter dislocated his shoulder when he fell into a hole that had burned through the floor inside the home, Logan said.

The firefighter was treated at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and released.

Fire investigators were continuing to probe the cause of the blaze Monday morning.

“We don’t know if it was accidental or something malicious,” Logan said.

(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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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