2-Alarm Blaze Damages Oakland’s Historic Sunshine Biscuit Manufacturing facility – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – On Saturday, a 2-alarm fire broke out in Oakland’s Sunshine Biscuit building, sending a huge cloud of black smoke into the air for fans in the stands at the Oakland A’s-Anaheim Angels game at the nearby Oakland Coliseum was visible.
The building has long been both commercial and residential, and its neon sign is a well-known feature of the East Oakland skyline.
Battalion chief Frank Tijiboy said the firefighters discovered a fire in the building on the 800 block of 81st Ave at around 1:35 p.m. responds
“Upon arrival, our first two engines on site noticed an outside fire on the fourth floor,” he said. “There was a heavy fire. They immediately called for a second alarm. ”
Tijiboy said “many residents” streamed out of the building when firefighters started attacking the fire.
“We wanted to make sure we could get them out of the building safely,” he said of the residents. “Then we did a search.”
Tijiboy said there were 39 firefighters on site at the height of the firefight.
The fire was noticed by the fans at the A game.
@OaklandFireLive Something is brewing in the lowlands near the Colosseum. pic.twitter.com/D31TXqRJB7
– Beryl Baker (@lifeandberyl) May 29, 2021
The crews attacked the fire aggressively and brought the fire under control at 2.18 p.m.
# Breaking #Twoalarm Fire in East Oakland on 800 Block 81St Ave in the Sunshine Biscuit Complex.
Engines 29, 23, 27, 20, 13, 17, 26, trucks 6, 7, battalions 3, 4. #oakland #oaklandfire pic.twitter.com/sGHm7B0lvh
– Oakland Firefighters (@OaklandFireLive) May 29, 2021
No injuries were reported. One cause was investigated. Firefighters said it had not been determined how many housing units had been damaged and how many residents had been displaced.