Firefighters battling 4-alarm structure fire in Uptown Oakland

Massive fire rips through building under construction in Oakland

Massive fire rips through building under construction in Oakland

The fire was sparked at about 5 a.m. and quickly spread throughout the construction site, fueled by building materials. That, combined with the threat of the careening crane prompted road closures and roughly 100 evacuations, according to White. Part of the building collapsed onto the street, and a crane at the construction site was spinning for a time. The crane is now spinning from the heat.

The YMCA nearby also closed because of poor air quality and will reopen when air quality improves, KRON reported.

Many will spend the night in an emergency shelter set up about nine blocks from the building near Lake Merritt. Police and fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire and said it appears to be suspicious. By approximately 8 a.m., the fire was deemed "under control" by the Oakland Fire Department and several residents were allowed to return to their buildings.

Thick, heavy black smoke came from the site, and was visible for miles, according to Fox 61 Oakland.

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Other fires have ripped through projects under construction. No one was injured.

Instead, flames have reduced the Alta Waverly to a charred skeleton that is unstable and missing chunks of scaffolding.

People nearby are being evacuated and streets are blocked off.

As crews continue to tend to these issues, they are keeping a close eye on a crane that was swinging around in circles in the height of the fire.

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