Firefighter Injured in Fire at Oakland Warehouse

A broken gas line and fallen power lines complicated efforts to put out a three-alarm fire in an East Oakland warehouse, reports

The fire was reported around 5 a.m. at a warehouse near San Leandro and Stone streets and spread to other nearby buildings, fire officials said.

A second alarm was quickly called and a third alarm shortly after that as electrical lines fell in the area and a gas line broke, fueling the fire, Oakland fire Battalion Chief Adrian Sheppard said.

One firefighter was injured when the lines fell and was taken to a hospital, but was released later Monday morning, Sheppard said.

It took firefighters until nearly 10 a.m. to fully extinguish the fire.

Firefighters had to fight the gas-fueled fire defensively as it spread to two adjacent structures — another commercial building and a house.

The commercial building was largely undamaged but the house was left uninhabitable, displacing its four residents, Sheppard said.

The fire started in a camper parked nearby and a pile of garbage left on the street and then spread into the abandoned warehouse. It was unclear what sparked the fire, Sheppard said.

Sheppard said firefighters were told that squatters sometimes lived in the abandoned building but its roof collapsed in the fire and investigators have been unable to go inside to confirm that.

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