Homicide Detectives Report to Fire Scene

Sunday, Sep 11, 2011  |  Updated 8:11 AM PDT
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Homicide Detectives Report to Fire Scene

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Homicide detectives are conducting an investigation after Oakland  firefighters discovered two bodies burning in a blaze at a two-story building  early this morning, Oakland police and fire officials said.

    Oakland firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 3100  block of Coolidge Avenue at a residential unit in the building around 1:05  a.m. and found two bodies burning in the home, Oakland police Officer J.  Moore said.     One of the bodies was badly burned and the coroner is still  collecting evidence to identify the victim, Oakland fire Battalion Chief  Darin White said. The other victim is believed to be a woman, he said.
    The building houses an acupuncture and acupressure business on its  lower level, along with a residential unit in the rear, White said. The  bodies were found in the building's upper level in a separate residential  unit where the fire originated, he said.
    Six people were displaced as a result of the one-alarm fire, which  was extinguished within about 15 minutes, White said. There were no other  reported injuries. The blaze caused an estimated $50,000 to $70,000 in  damage, he said.
    White said the fire has not been deemed suspicious because the  fire investigator is still on the scene gathering information. Although an  arson investigation is not underway, a witness reported seeing several  suspects running away from the building after the blaze, he said.
 

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