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Residents safe after 2-alarm house fire near Piedmont Ave.

Residents safe after 2-alarm house fire near Piedmont Ave.
Photo: Will Callan/Hoodline
By Will Callan - Published on February 12, 2019.

The Oakland Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire at 12:16 p.m. today. The fire occurred at a home on the 800 block of Brandon Street, just east of Piedmont Avenue, said battalion chief Dino Torres.

Two residents were removed from the home. Both are safe, and one is being checked by paramedics, said Torres. 

Smoke was visible from Highway 580 as firefighters arrived at the scene. The fire was extinguished by 12:45 p.m.

A neighbor, Nikki Jordan, called in the fire after coming across one of the residents trying to douse the flames himself in the garage, where it had broken out.

Inside the house was his mother, who was not moving. Jordan helped her outside.

"I gave her my shoes," Jordan told Piedmont fire chief Bret Black, who had arrived to provide backup. "She's a little old lady."

Trucks will continue to direct traffic on Piedmont Avenue as firefighters attend to the extinguished blaze.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Torres said, but the damage to the home was serious enough that the residents will be displaced "for a while." We'll update this story as we learn more.