The cause of a fire that demolished an under-construction complex in Oakland last month cannot be determined, federal investigators said Friday, leaving open the question at the center of a battle over development and displacement in the city.“People were concerned, ‘Was this a pattern?’” said Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney, who represents the area that includes Auto Row, the site of the seven-story Alta Waverly mixed-use building on Valdez Street that was destroyed.“While the investigation has reached a point where an ‘undetermined’ finding is appropriate, investigators will continue to consider any new evidence or information provided by witnesses or community members,” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a statement.Twenty-eight people living in two adjacent buildings, including a couple with a 2-year-old child, haven’t been able to get back into their homes since the fire, according to Michele Byrd, the city’s director of Housing and Community Development.In the other, investigators checking to make sure the units were safe for re-entry found unrelated code violations, said city spokesman Sean Maher.The building that was going to comprise nearly 200 housing units and 31,000 square feet of retail space was more than halfway done at the time of the fire.Soon after the fire, amid concern that builders would halt plans in Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf reached out to developers to assure them that the city would work with them to shore up safety measures at their project sites, said Darin Ranelletti, interim director of Oakland’s Planning and Building Department.[...] developers throughout the city have increased lighting at construction sites, added surveillance cameras and taken other steps to secure perimeters, Ranelletti said.
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By Sarah Ravani, Kimberly Veklerov, Hamed Aleaziz and Steve Rubenstein - Friday Jul 7, 2017
Federal investigators join search for cause in massive Oakland fireFederal and county arson investigators were among those trying to determine the cause of a huge blaze that destroyed a seven-story building under construction in Oakland on Friday, displacing 700 nearby residents and leading one city council member to suggest the fire had been deliberately set.A tall construction crane that had apparently been damaged in the fire and was swiveling out of control and in danger of collapsingcaused fire officials to order the evacuation of nearby residents, many of whom were planning to spend Friday night in an emergency shelter nine blocks away.The blaze at the Alta Waverly mixed-used building at 23rd and Valdez streets happened less than two months after an arson fire destroyed a similar development of apartments and retail space just across the Oakland border in Emeryville for the second time in a year.The Alameda County Arson Task Force and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives teamed with Oakland fire investigator to search for what caused the blaze even as firefighters were still putting out hot spots at the scene.While not commenting n a possible cause, Schaaf said the city would reach out to developers to make sure they have surveillance cameras and security guards keeping watch over their construction sites.The swiveling crane, apparently moved by winds generated by the fire, caused firefighters to retreat and to employ a drone aircraft to inspect the condition of the apparatus from above.White said hundreds of people living in surrounding buildings, including a 22-story apartment building, were evacuated.Investigators concluded that blaze was arson and released grainy surveillance camera photographs of a man riding a bicycle near the seven-story residential and business development.In the chaos, nearby residents in pajamas and bath robes stood on street corners, brushing ash from their hair and gazing at flames licking up the side of the building.Later in the morning, dozens of residents sought refuge in a nearby Red Cross shelter, where they typed on laptop computers and drank coffee.According to a project website, the building known as Alta Waverly — set to be completed next spring — was to include 196 market-rate apartments and up to 31,500 square feet of retail, with parking for residents in an underground garage.The building was part of the Broadway Valdez Specific Plan district, an area designated by the city in 2014 where developers can get speedier approval for projects if they meet certain mixed-use requirements.A 22-year-old construction worker on the project was staying at a nearby hotel when one of his co-workers got a text from his mother alerting them to the fire.
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