OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — A 4-alarm brush fire destroyed at least one home and damaged four others along I-580 near 35th and MacArthur on Friday afternoon, according to the Oakland Fire Department.
Officials said the fire sparked on or near I-580 and spread to several homes in the city’s Laurel District.
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Although the vegetation fire is in under control, crews continue to work to put out hot spots on homes on Quigley Street near Chevon Station.
Authorities say one firefighter was taken to the hospital with heat-related injuries and is expected to be OK.
Fire officials say the wind played a role in spreading the fire into the nearby neighborhood which resulted in 80 firefighters responding to the scene.
Residents reported smelling the smoke from at least 3 miles away.
PG&E is also reporting a power outage in that area, at the height of that outage more than 7,500 customers were without power but that number significantly gone down to less than 500. It’s unknown if it is fire related but estimated time of restoration is 4:30 a.m. Saturday.
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The fire chief says there were likely no unhoused people in the area at the time of the fire but he is aware that was an issue two years ago.
In total 15 residents were impacted by this fire.
All lanes of westbound I-580 near 35th Ave. in Oakland have since reopened since they were shut down due to this fire.
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