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Problematic Calif. house burns twice in one week

Oakland house has a history of being occupied by squatters

By Kate Bradshaw
Bay Area News Group

OAKLAND, Calif. — Firefighters on Saturday put out another fire at an Oakland home that had burned just days before, according to Oakland Fire Department spokesperson Michael Hunt.

On Saturday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., about 20 Oakland firefighters responded to a small fire that had broken out at the same unoccupied and boarded-up home that triggered a three-alarm fire response earlier that week.

The home at East 8th Street and 6th Avenue in Oakland’s Eastlake District has a history of occupancy by squatters and had previously been red-tagged, and there had been several fires there in previous years, according to Hunt. A blaze that broke out at the home Tuesday spread to a neighboring occupied home, which incurred extensive roof and side damage before a team of 60 firefighters got the fire under control, he said.

While the cause is still under investigation, the fire appears to have been caused by people re-entering the property, he said.

“It’s really frustrating for us to have a building have a major incident and have it burn again just days later,” he said.

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