A massive fire broke out at the East Bay Community Recovery Center, a rehabilitation center in Oakland, California. The building, on the corner of Mead and San Pablo Avenue, is a three-story building. The fire began at 2551 San Pablo Avenue around 6:10 AM PT. Firefighters, who pulled seven residents from the building, were forced to retreat as floors and ceilings collapsed.
According to Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Eric Logan, a total of seven people were pulled from the building which is believed to house roughly 50-60 people. Furthermore, responding firefighters reported seeing someone on the third floor of the building but were unable to reach the person due to heavy flames and smoke, Logan said.
Firefighters were quickly pulled from the structure for safety concerns, forcing them to battle the flames from the ground and via extended ladders, according to fire officials.
Roughly one hour after the blaze ignited, crews appeared to be gain an upper hand in the fight. Large clusters of flames were replaced by billowing plumes of white smoke. Firefighters also managed to contain the flames to the structure involved.
Residents inside the building told NBC Bay Area that the fire may have been caused by a burning candle.
Three people who were rescued were injured, mainly from smoke inhalation. Currently, there are no reports of people missing according to the battalion chief.
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) March 27, 2017
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) March 27, 2017
A massive fire broke out at the East Bay Community Recovery Center, a three-story rehabilitation center in Oakland, California on the corner of Mead and San Pablo Avenue. Seven people were rescused from the fire.
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About the East Bay Community Recovery Center
The East Bay Community Center has been providing comprehensive co-occuring disorder care since 1989. They serve youth and families, adults and veterans, incarcerated citizens, those afflicted with HIV and Hepatitis and more.
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