OAKLAND (CBS SF) — One firefighter suffered a minor injury Monday morning while responding to a two-alarm commercial structure fire near the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland.
The fire was reported at 11:22 a.m. in the 3300 block of Farnam Street, about one block north of International Boulevard.
When crews arrived on scene, they found the fire burning at the back of a clothing store.
Fire and smoke could be seen coming from the top of the Oakland Outlet clothing store located at 3313 Farnam near 34th Avenuein Oakland in a video posted on the Citizen app.
(St. Elizabeth, Oakland) Flames Ripping Through Store — A Citizen user captured a black cloud of smoke rising from a fire in a store. The fire may be extending to nearby buildings, many of which have been evacuated. https://t.co/dOQjw51THa #CitizenApp #ProtectTheWorld pic.twitter.com/D3RWQGi9oO
— Citizen SF Bay Area (@CitizenApp_SF) August 12, 2019
“We immediately upgraded our response to a second alarm due to the close neighboring buildings,” Oakland Fire Lt. Charleton Lightfoot said.
“The fire did spread to neighboring units,” Lightfoot said. “There was an adjacent building that (had) minor fire spread to two units.”
It was extinguished by 12:12 p.m. No civilians were injured, and the injured firefighter was not transported to a hospital, according to Lightfoot.
As of early Monday afternoon, firefighters did not have an estimate for the extent of the damage. The fire’s cause and point of origin remain under investigation.
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