VIDEO: Massive structure fire near Lake Merritt in Oakland

Photo Credit: Thomas Taylor


OAKLAND (KRON) — Firefighters have made progress in putting out a structure fire near Lake Merritt in Oakland Monday morning.

The massive fire was reported after 5 a.m. near Hanover and Lester avenues at a 6,528 square foot apartment building.

Video courtesy of Lee Coe

KRON4 has learned the building on fire was under construction for a little over a year.

Evacuations have been ordered for people living nearby and those living in the building.

One woman told KRON4 she lives in the Oakland building with another person and they were the only ones who live there.

No injuries have been reported, according to the Oakland Fire Department.

A portion of Lester Avenue is closed as crews work to put out the fire.

PG&E has shut down power in the area as a safety precaution.

Nearby buildings are damaged, but none of them are destroyed.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire officials will likely remain throughout the night at the apartment complex under construction, as they investigate what caused the five-alarm fire to break out, according to fire officials.

Renovations at the building began last year and the project was estimated to cost around $6 million, according to city records. If completed, the 39,185-square-foot building would have 41 units.

An official cause for the fire won’t be determined for at least three days, Baker said.

Stay with KRON4 News for updates on this developing story on air, online and on our mobile app.

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Video courtesy of David Von Stroh.

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