OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Firefighters appear to have contained a two-alarm fire that burned an abandoned building in Oakland Friday morning.

The fire was reported at 9:20 a.m. at a building at 1899 Dennison Street that had been red-tagged by the city at the end of August, according to the Oakland Fire Department. The location is in an area between Coast Guard Island and Union Point Park near the Embarcadero.

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A second alarm was called at 9:38 a.m. and crews were taking a defensive approach to putting out the fire to keep the flames to the structure itself and embers from spreading to adjacent Coast Guard Island property, Oakland Fire Lt. Charleton Lightfoot said.

By 11:10 a.m., crews had stopped trying the put out the blaze because hazardous materials were going into the estuary, said Lightfoot. Firefighters and a hazardous materials team deployed a boom to keep toxic materials from spilling into the water.

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Firefighters surrounded the building on three sides, while the estuary is on one side of the building. The structure was tagged as unsafe for occupancy and due for demolition by city officials at the end of August, Lightfoot said.

People in a nearby homeless camp were evacuated to ensure their safety.

There was no immediate word on what caused the fire. No injuries were reported.


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