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Oakland firefighters extinguish huge warehouse fire

Firefighters battled a warehouse fire in Oakland early Friday. | Courtesy @Oaklandfirelive

An Oakland fire hot enough to melt the windows of a building across the street has been extinguished, the Oakland fire department said.

The department said that a fire at 5095 E. Eighth St. was reported at 4:59 a.m. Friday and extinguished by approximately 7 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The blaze, which occurred in an industrial area with several warehouses, involved ABS pipes, a specific kind of large industrial plastic piping that caught fire and took two hours to put out.

The fight was extended because firefighters had to move flaming pipes around to access hotspots, according to Fire Department Chief of Staff Michael Hunt.

The heat from the burning pipes was enough to melt the windows of a building across the street.

“Even the smallest ignition source can cause fires in commercial areas like this with lots of materials,” Hunt said.

A file of industrial plastic pipes at 5095 E. Eighth St. caught on fire early Friday. | Google Street View

A Twitter account managed by several Oakland firefighters had tweeted at 7:19 a.m. Friday that they were battling a “large warehouse fire” at East Eighth Street and 50th Avenue.

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