Oakland Fire July 7th, 2017

Media: San Francisco Chronicle

A huge blaze erupted before dawn Friday north of downtown Oakland, engulfing a six-story, mixed-use building that was under construction and prompting concern about a crane that was in danger of collapsing.

The fire, which broke out near Valdez and 23rd streets about 4:30 a.m., northwest of Lake Merritt, sent flames high into the air, and a plume of smoke was visible for miles. There was no immediate word of any injuries.

At 5:45 a.m., portions of the building at 2302 Valdez St. could be seen stripping away and falling to the ground as the fire raged. From a few blocks away, neighbors and area workers watched the building be gutted in the intense heat.

“I was scared,” said Mout Khamphou, 50, who was sitting in her car getting ready to go to work when she saw smoke coming from the building next door.

She said drove away, thinking the fire wasn’t bad. She called her husband who was still at home to warn him of the fire.