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Fire Destroys Van, Makeshift Homes at Homeless Encampment in Oakland

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Oakland firefighters from Station 21 head out to patrol the hills along Skyline Boulevard in the hills of Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. A red flag alert is in effect until Wednesday, with high temperatures and winds forecast. (Photo by Jane Tyska/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

    Fire destroyed a van and five makeshift dwellings Sunday afternoon at a homeless encampment in Oakland's East Peralta neighborhood, displacing six people, the Oakland Fire Department reported.

    The fire near the intersection of 12th Street and 18th Avenue was first reported at 2:41 p.m. Sunday, said Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Tracey Chin.

    Nineteen firefighters, with three engines and a truck, had the fire under control at 2:52 p.m., Chin said. No one was injured, but six people were displaced, she said.

    The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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