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Fire at Port of Oakland spews black smoke over the bay

A sailboat glides on water near a dock with green cranes; smoke rises in the background from a distant fire.
A fire at the Port of Oakland sent thick, billowing black smoke across the bay on Sunday. | Source: Jonah Owen Lamb/The Standard

A fire at the Port of Oakland sent black, billowing smoke over San Francisco Bay late Sunday afternoon.

The plumes were visible from across the water around 3:30 p.m., with people posting photos to social media of the smoke seen from Marin and San Francisco.

The Oakland Fire Department said its crews were responding to a shipping container fire that may have been caused by a lithium battery.

Robert Bernard, a spokesperson for the port, said the fire was fully contained by 3:45 p.m. but had no other details about what caused it.

The fire was fully contained soon after it started, port officials said. | Source: Jonah Owen Lamb/The Standard

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