Officials: Emeryville fire may not be out until Sunday

Photo from original construction site fire in Emeryville, in which embers may have spread to cause the house fire.

EMERYVILLE (KRON) — Crews will be working until Sunday morning to finish extinguishing a five-alarm fire that broke out this morning at a construction site in Emeryville, Alameda County fire officials said.

Firefighters responded at 4:58 a.m. to 3800 San Pablo Ave. where same construction site burned in a six-alarm fire last July.

The property is technically in Emeryville, but straddles the Oakland border.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of this morning’s fire. They have not said if arson is suspected.

A construction crane was burned in the fire, and is now unstable. Firefighters worry that it may collapse.

No injuries have been reported.

As of 7:16 a.m. the fire was contained, but it may take until 7:00 a.m. Sunday before it is completely extinguished, officials said.

On July 6, 2016, a fire broke out at the construction site where 105 apartments and 25,000 square feet of commercial space were being built.

That fire burned four adjacent townhouses, an Alameda County deputy fire chief said following the incident.

This morning a house about two blocks away from the construction site caught fire. Embers from the site may have set the house on fire.

Emeryville police said San Pablo Avenue is closed between 37th and 40th streets.

Adeline Street between 36th Street and Yerba Buena Avenue is closed as is all westbound traffic on West MacArthur Boulevard, Apgar Street and 39th Street from Market Street.

All eastbound travel on West MacArthur Boulevard at Emery Street is prohibited.

Police did not say when the roads will reopen.

The Red Cross provided meals for those affected by the fire.

 

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