Fire ravages building under construction in Oakland

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The blaze was first reported at 4:21 a.m. The fire was well underway by the time firefighters arrived minutes later and was spreading quickly. Thick, heavy black smoke came from the site, and was visible for miles. "Units summoned additional alarms".

July 07-The fire that gutted an apartment and retail complex that was being built near downtown Oakland on Friday was only the latest inferno to cause devastation in and around the city in recent years.

The fire near Lake Merritt has been contained and no one was injured. There are no reported injuries.

A local reporter for ABC7 News, Alexis Smith, tweeted helicopter footage of the fire.

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Other fires have ripped through projects under construction. "We lost everything", said Nancy. Sections of the building collapsed while the heat was making a crane spin.

The NBC Bay Area SkyRanger captured footage of flames and smoke pouring from all corners of a massive charred building, which has been reduced to a skeleton in most places. She was standing on Grand Avenue with her kitten Kango and watching firefighters battle the blaze. Mims said she grabbed her kitten, Kango, and evacuated her building.

She said she turned around and drove back to her neighborhood and found flames shooting from the building. "I'm happy it didn't spread". "Not just cameras but people guarding buildings". She said she was in her apartment when she heard someone announce there was a fire. "But I think we all have to be concerned when several hundred units of housing are taken off the market in the middle of an unprecedent housing crisis".