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Huge Oakland lumber yard blaze smolders as firefighters probe cause

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OAKLAND — Firefighters stood watch on Monday over the smoldering remains of a long-time lumber yard in Oakland that was scorched by a four-alarm fire this weekend as an investigation into the blaze begins.

The fire consumed Economy Lumber at 750 High Street in Oakland.

Oakland fire fighter battle a 4-alarm fire at Economy Lumber off High Street in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday May 26, 2024. (Laura A. Oda/ Bay Area News Group)
Firefighters combat a four-alarm blaze at Economy Lumber, 750 High Street in Oakland. (Laura A. Oda/ Bay Area News Group)

The Oakland Fire Department said the blaze was first reported around 7:45 p.m. on May 26. By 11 p.m., the same night, firefighters had contained the fire, Oakland fire spokesperson Michael Hunt said.

“Crews are still on scene at Economy Lumber,” Hunt said Monday.

Oakland fire fighter battle a 4-alarm fire at Economy Lumber off High Street in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday May 26, 2024. (Laura A. Oda/ Bay Area News Group)
Fire Crews battle a blaze at 750 High Street in Oakland, the site of Economy Lumber. (Laura A. Oda/ Bay Area News Group)

The wrecked complex is the site of one of four lumber yards that Economy Lumber operates in the Bay Area.

Oakland fire investigators were attempting to determine the cause of the fire.

The Oakland Fire Department also began working with the property owner and a heavy equipment operator to pull apart the building so crews could reach any remaining hot spots, Hunt said.

About 75 firefighters responded to the site of the fire Sunday. No injuries were reported as a result of the blaze.

Economy Lumber has been in business since 1935. The company was born as a small lumber business in 1935 and eventually expanded to four Bay Area locations. It wasn’t immediately known when 750 High Street lumber yard began operating.

“We’ll probably be on scene most of the day,” Hunt said.

 

 

 

 



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