East Oakland Fire Damages Apartment Building, Displaces 15 People

More than a dozen people had to find another place to sleep Sunday night after a fire burned an abandoned building in East Oakland, damaging an apartment building nearby.

Fire officials said the blaze started at about 8 a.m. on 46th Avenue. The fire threatened as many as six housing units at a nearby building.

Although 15 people were displaced, fire officials said it could have been worse.

"Well, this had the potential to run the whole block," Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Adrian Sheppard said. "The professional men and women of the Oakland Fire Department, they responded so quick. It's unprecedented a two-minute response time to have a full assignment on scene and mitigate the fire. It's really good and that prevented this from spreading any further."

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and there were no injuries reported.

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