"Suspicious" Fire at Oakland Children's Hospital

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    A small administrative office at Children’s Hospital suffered $150,000 in damage early Friday after firefighters put out what they called a “suspicious blaze.” Christie Smith reports. (Published Friday, Apr 4, 2014)

    A small administrative office at Children’s Hospital suffered $150,000 in damage early Friday after firefighters put out what they called a “suspicious blaze.”

    Arson investigators are now looking at what caused the 1-alarm fire about 3 a.m. at 665 53rd Street, which they were able to be knock down in 10 minutes.

    According to hospital spokeswoman Cynthia Chiarrapa, four people worked in the small house-turned-office, which is used for staff education. She said they'd be "shuffling people" around so that they would work elsewhere for the time being. She was glad the damage was "minimal," but thought the building couldn't be used for three to four weeks.

    It is unclear what started the fire. Firefighters say it's suspicious because it started outside the building after hours.