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.

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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.

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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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