Video: Fire sparked by candles destroys Buddhist temple in Oakland


OAKLAND (KRON) — Firefighters battled a 3-alarm fire at a Buddhist temple in Oakland on Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out around 1:50 a.m. in the 5200 block of East 10th Street, fire officials said.

When fire crews arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

At least 20 people had to be evacuated from the home and the neighboring structures, authorities said.

The fire quickly spread to a home to the right of the temple and another home behind it, according to fire officials.

The fire is under control but crews are still on scene attempting to completely extinguish the blaze.

Fire officials believe the fire may have been caused due to lit candles that were left unattended for an annual celebration. As many as 1,000 candles were left burning in the temple overnight, which fire investigators suspect spread to the rest of the temple.

Three structures and five vehicles were burned.

11 people have been displaced.

One person was sent to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Stay with KRON 4 News for more updates.

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