Investigators looking into suspicious Oakland fire

Daily Planet Wire Services
Saturday July 13, 2002

Arson investigators in Oakland are looking into a suspicious two-alarm fire that damaged a two-story apartment in the 2000 block of 38th Avenue shortly after midnight. 

Battalion Chief James Williams said there were no injuries reported and no one was inside the house at the time of the fire. 

Williams said police have a suspect in custody in connection with the blaze, but police were not available to confirm the information. 

The fire was reported at 12:40 a.m. and fire crews arrived within three minutes.  

The fire was on the first floor, and had spread to the attic upstairs. 

The fire was brought under control in 30 minutes using five fire engines and two trucks. 

The damage is estimated at $50,000. Williams said the second alarm was called as a precautionary measure because firefighters were concerned that flying embers would spark another fire.