Oakland Fire Department asking for help determining cause of massive 5-alarm fire

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OAKLAND (KRON) — The Oakland Fire Department says it needs help solving a massive five-alarm fire from earlier this week.

It was Monday morning at around 5 a.m. when an apartment complex near Lake Merritt went up in flames.

The building at 317-319 Lester Avenue was under construction at the time. Flames from the blaze could be seen across Oakland

The flames wiped out all 41 units. No one was hurt.

Firefighters spent hours controlling the massive blaze and remained in the area and throughout the night making sure it was completely out.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Federal investigators are supposed to be arriving tomorrow.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation. The ATF is sending in a team.

The ATF typically lends assistance in investigating such large fires, Oakland fire Chief of Staff Angela Robinson Pinon said.

“Nothing has been ruled out at this point,” Robinson Pinon said.

The fire department is asking the public for any information that might help them identify the cause of the fire. Anyone with information has been asked to call the fire department’s investigation unit at (510) 238-4031.

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