Vacant Oakland structures, previously fire-damaged, hit by new blazes

One is an East Oakland warehouse, the other a West Oakland Victorian home

OAKLAND, Calif. — Two previously damaged vacant structures — an East Oakland warehouse and a West Oakland house — were both ravaged by new fires Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to officials.

There were no injuries reported in either fire.

The causes of both fires are being investigated. Officials believe squatters were involved in both fires.

The two-alarm warehouse fire broke out around 8:27 p.m. Monday in the 4200 block of East 12th Street near High Street. By 8:50 p.m., 30 firefighters had brought the blaze under control. There was no damage estimate available.

Authorities said the building, which used to house a foundry and manufacturing operation, had previously burned down, but the exact date was unknown.

According to Michael Hunt, a spokesman for the Fire Department, based on the damage caused by the fires, city building officials red-tagged the building, indicating that it is unsafe for occupancy.

The second fire broke out around 5:38 a.m. Monday outside a boarded-up two-story Victorian home in the 800 block of Mead Avenue near San Pablo Avenue.

The fire spread to the house and was brought under control in about a half-hour by 35 firefighters, according to officials.

There was no damage estimate available. City inspectors also red-tagged the house, according to Hunt.

The previous fire at the house did not have a date.

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