OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A blaze that engulfed two adjoining buildings in Oakland’s San Antonio District on Wednesday night displaced nearly three dozen people and might have been started by fireworks, a fire battalion chief said Thursday.
The blaze was first called in at 10:48 p.m. near 23rd Street and International Boulevard, a fire dispatcher said.READ MORE: California Drought: Healdsburg Bans Sprinklers; Sets Personal Water Use To 74 Gallons A Day
The fire started in the back of the apartment and soon spread to an adjacent two-story building, taking down nearby power lines in the process.
Residents said they heard a loud bang before the fire started. There are 10 apartments and three businesses in the two buildings. Five dogs were reported missing.READ MORE: Update: One Killed, Two Injured When Truck Crashes Into Diners at San Jose Sports Bar
“There was some sort of explosion,” said one resident. “It sounded like a car crash in front.”
The American Red Cross has found shelter for the 33 displaced residents at the Ira Jenkins Community Center.
The fire was contained at 1:09 a.m. Thursday morning, according to fire dispatchers.MORE NEWS: COVID: San Francisco Restaurants Prepare For Full Reopening; 'We Will Not Be The Vaccine Police'
No injuries have been reported. Investigators will be looking into the cause of the fire.