Flames, smoke shoot out from Oakland building

They kept the fire contained to the one building, Logan said, but the fire still had not been declared under control at 8 a.m.

The Fire Prevention Bureau often teams up with the American Red Cross to distributes smoke alarms to residents free of charge was a preventative measure. He told them to use the fire escape, which he said they did. They were on the third floor and said the hallways were filled with flames.

One resident said she didn't hear any fire alarms and didn't see any sprinklers going off.

Firefighters were quickly pulled from the structure for safety concerns, forcing them to battle the flames from the ground and via extended ladders, according to fire officials.

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Firefighters said on Twitter that crews were being withdrawn from the building after the roof and some floors were "compromised".

The television station reported that seven people were rescued and as many as 60 people may have lived in the building. KTVU-TV reports it is unclear if people are still inside.

Last December, 36 people were killed when a fire erupted at a dance party at a sprawling, two-store warehouse in Oakland known as the Ghost Ship that had been leased to an artists' collective.

  • Alfonso Moody