Fire Engulfs Building Under Construction Near Oakland’s Lake Merritt

A five-alarm blaze engulfed a large three-story condo complex under construction near Oakland’s Lake Merritt early Monday, sending flames soaring into the predawn skies and forcing nearby residents to flee from their homes.  Firefighters responded to a reported fire around 5:10 a.m. at the 41-unit construction site near Lester and Hanover avenues a few blocks from Lake Merritt.  The blaze grew to five alarms as the flames quickly spread through the wood-framed building. Firefighters were slowed in their battle by the scaffolding that ringed the building.    Read the article………….

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