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Oakland firefighter sustains minor injuries in commercial blaze

One firefighter suffered a minor injury Monday morning while responding to a two-alarm commercial structure fire near the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland.

The fire was reported at 11:22 a.m. in the 3300 block of Farnam Street, about one block north of International Boulevard.

When crews arrived on scene, they found the fire burning at the back of a clothing store.

Oakland Fire Lt. Charleton Lightfoot said:

“We immediately upgraded our response to a second alarm due to the close neighboring buildings.”

Lightfoot said:

“The fire did spread to neighboring units.”

“There was an adjacent building that (had) minor fire spread to two units.”

It was extinguished by 12:12 p.m. No civilians were injured, and the injured firefighter was not transported to a hospital, according to Lightfoot.

As of early Monday afternoon, firefighters did not have an estimate for the extent of the damage. The fire’s cause and point of origin remain under investigation.

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