No word on cause of huge structure fire at Oakland, Emeryville border

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Crews are still working to put out hot spots at the scene of a massive fire along the Emeryville, Oakland border Wednesday evening..

A 6-story apartment complex that was under construction caught fire and spread to nearby buildings. 
 
People living near the giant fire grabbed what they could and ran. 

The fire destroyed the new apartment complex that was under construction. The fire spread to townhomes next door and threatened many other homes nearby. 

Towering flames lit up the early morning sky in the East Bay as this fire raged out of control for hours. 

Cars parked nearby exploded in flames live during Mornings on 2 and embers from the fire blew through the neighborhood. 

At least 50 people were evacuated from the townhome complex next door to the fire and five of the units eventually caught fire. 

Marlo Ingram and her family live further down the block from the fire, but when they woke up they could see an orange glow outside and they could feel the heat. 
 
Ingram packed up some pictures and got out, while one of her daughters went door to door to alert her neighbors. 

Firefighters were brought in from across the East Bay to battle the flames. The Alameda County Fire Department used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to monitor the spread of the fire and because this building was under construction, it went up fast and burned hot. 
 
One of the construction workers, helping to build the 100 unit apartment complex, came down to the scene of the fire. 

A nearby auto body shop was also destroyed by the blaze.
 
 
Investigators say it's too early to say what caused the fire. Despite the fact that it began inside an unoccupied building, it's not being labeled as suspicious. 
 
 

 

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