OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A fire at an East Oakland transmission shop damaged several cars Thursday morning but did not cause any injuries, a fire official said.
The blaze was reported at 8:13 a.m. at Julio’s Transmissions at 10214 International Blvd. and was controlled about 25 minutes later, Acting Fire Chief Marlon Brandle said.
Crews requested a second alarm as a precaution shortly after arriving at the scene, then canceled the second alarm after gaining the upper hand on the fire, he said.
Brandle said the blaze started while a shop employee was working on a car inside the business that caught fire.
The worker was able to escape safely, “but when he got out, the doors closed behind him,” Brandle said.
Fire crews were only able to access the blaze after cutting through the shop’s metal roll-up doors, he said.
Brandle said the building sustained extensive smoke damage. A car inside the shop was destroyed and five more were badly damaged, he said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation but the blaze has been deemed accidental.
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