Man killed in Oakland homeless encampment fire
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OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU, BCN) - A man died early Monday morning, in a homeless encampment fire in West Oakland.
The fire was reported at 5:23 a.m. in the area of Northgate Avenue and Sycamore Street, near Interstate Highway 980 in Oakland.
Some residents of the encampment had built makeshift sheds, using two-by-fours and plywood, making the structures very flammable, according to investigators.
"They're getting very creative," said Battalion Chief Ian McWhorter.
The structure that burned had a door, but probably not a smoke alarm, he said.
The fire was contained to that one structure, investigators said.
There were no reports of injuries.
Investigators are trying to determine how the fire started.