The Red Cross is on the scene of three-alarm residential fire working with 14 people who were displaced.
The fire was reported shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday at a two-story home in the 800 block of 20th Street and was heavily involved to the point that personnel inside were pulled out. The attack by some 50 personnel at the scene was refocused on the exterior and trying to prevent its spread to adjacent buildings with an aggressive interior attack.
Initial reports indicated the main residence was vacant, but in a video on the department’s Twitter page, Battalion Chief James Bowron said that in a subsequent investigation, neighbors said squatters may have been living in the house.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the latest tweet from the Oakland Fire Department shortly before midnight.