Construction crane causes concerns for Oakland fire crews

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Logan says crews will work over the weekend to secure and take down the untethered construction crane that authorities fear could collapse.

UPDATE, JULY 7, 11:45 A.M., PT: Several hazards remain at the site of the fire at 2302 Valdez including the tenuous position of the crane and unsafe scaffolding. The National Weather Service of the Bay Area said a satellite detected temperatures as high as 1,145 degrees Fahrenheit from the Oakland fire.

At least 10 evacuated residents are staying at an emergency shelter. The fire is burning on a construction site near the Whole Foods and an Acura dealership. No injuries were reported. Firefighters from Alameda County, Berkeley, Albany, and Alameda fire departments all worked to get the fire under control and continue to monitor hot spots.

Nearby apartments were evacuated, but luckily, no one was reported injured, according to Oakland Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney. A plan to deal with these hazards will be presented later today, according to Oakland Fire Department Acting and Interim Fire Chief Darin White. It stretches across three blocks and had a planned 225 apartments and 2,300 square feet of retail space.

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A fire burned a West Oakland halfway house at 2551 San Pablo Ave. on March 27, killing four people and displacing at least 80 others. The seven-story project began construction previous year.

Firefighters have closed roads in the surrounding area, including Grand Avenue at Valdez Street.

A large crane in the middle of an Oakland building that was destroyed by fire is in danger of collapsing.

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