Firefighters battled flames at the same boarded-up Oakland home twice in one week

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Oakland firefighters work on the roof in one of the two houses damaged by a three-alarm fire on 6th Avenue and 8th Street in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. The fire in the Eastlake district nearly destroyed a vacant home plagued by squatters and past fires and heavily damaged a second, occupied house, authorities said. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.