Former Oakland rec center catches fire for second time in a week
OAKLAND, Calif. - A former recreation center owned by the city of Oakland. where squatters may have been living. caught fire early Sunday for a second time in a week, an Oakland fire battalion chief said.
No one was injured.
Oakland fire crews were called to the vacant building in the 9800 block of Koford Road in the Columbia Gardens neighborhood in Oakland at 2:40 a.m. Sunday.
Fire crews arrived to heavy fire in the attic of the one-story building, which is located in a residential neighborhood.
No other structures were damaged.
Crews contained the one-alarm fire in about 15 minutes, said Battalion Chief Frank Tijiboy.
Tijiboy said the spacious facility, which includes a basketball court, is no longer used as a recreation center.
The building also caught fire within the last week, but the cause of that fire and the blaze Sunday morning are not yet known.
An email sent to the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department Sunday afternoon was not returned.