VIDEO: Crews contain massive 5-alarm structure fire in Emeryville

EMERYVILLE (KRON) — Fire crews have contained a 5-alarm structure fire Saturday morning at a construction site in Emeryville, according to Alameda County Fire.

The fire broke out around 5:00 a.m. at 3800 San Pablo Ave., right off the San Pablo exit at the westbound I-580 – I-80 interchange, officials said.

This is the same location that suffered a 6-alarm fire last July.

Embers and smoke reached as far as the freeway, and the enormous flames could be seen as far away as the Caldecott Tunnel.

Firefighters from the Oakland, Emeryville, and Alameda County fire departments responded to and are still on scene.

Around 9:00 a.m. it was reported that a nearby home caught fire, perhaps from embers spread from the construction site.

Just before 10:30 a.m., Alameda County Fire reported that a construction crane that was badly burned in the fire was threatening responding personnel.

Due to the crane’s instability, crews were forced to re-position.

Alameda County Fire confirmed the fire was contained by 7:20 a.m., and no injuries have been reported.

Crews are still on scene working to put out remaining flames and hot spots.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, which will led by the Alameda County Fire Department with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Alameda County Fire said.

Firefighters initially feared nearby buildings could have been impacted, and the Red Cross was called to the scene to help evacuate residents from those buildings.

Those evacuated have since been allowed to return home.

Authorities ask that the public avoid the area as several streets are still blocked off.

According to Emeryville PD, “the following roads are closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles due to clean up after a large structure fire”:

  • San Pablo Ave. between 37th St. and 40th St.
  • Adeline St. between 36th St. and Yerba Buena Ave.
  • All westbound traffic on W. Macarthur Blvd., Apgar St. and 39th St. from Market St.
  • All eastbound traffic on W. Macarthur Blvd. at Emery St.

Stay with KRON4 for updates.

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