Large fire near homeless encampment in Oakland: reports


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A large fire was burning in Oakland, California on Thursday evening. Residents who live nearby took to social media to say it was burning at a homeless encampment. The video also appeared to show firefighters at the scene.

The fire appears to be burning under a bridge near Lake Merritt in the center of town.

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Flames could be seen rising above the bridge and thick black smoke billowed above the city skyline. A social media user said the encampment had been in the area for at least a year with no action taken to clean it up.

A large fire burns in Oakland, California on April 28, 2022. Social media users are reporting it is burning near a homeless encampment.
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What sounded like small explosions could be heard in the video posted to social media.

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The city has faced a homeless crisis for years.

A large fire burns under a bridge in Oakland, California on April 28, 2022.

A large fire burns under a bridge in Oakland, California on April 28, 2022.
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Fox News Digital has contacted Oakland police for more details, but has yet to hear back.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.


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