Another fire at a West Oakland camp kills two dogs and destroys three RVs

A camp fire on Thursday afternoon claimed the lives of two dogs and displaced five people, less than half a mile from the site of another camp fire just ten days ago.

In what is becoming a story of heartbreaking frequency, a campfire broke out late Thursday afternoon in West Oakland, less than half a mile from the site of a separate campfire ten days before. KGO brings us the news of a Thursday afternoon camp fire near 34th and Wood streets shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, where five people were displaced and two dogs perished.

“Three RVs burned completely inside the RV park. No reports of human injuries. Two dogs found dead inside an RV,” the Oakland Fire Department tweeted. In a subsequent tweet, they noted that “5 people have been moved. The investigation concluded that the cause was accidental. The person in the motorhome was burning equipment. Despite their efforts to contain the small fire, it grew out of control and consumed 2 neighboring motorhomes.

The fire was visible from afar and several social media posts showed it. But it’s unclear whether they were showing this fire or another MacArthur Maze fire occurring almost simultaneously.

As Fire coverage by KTVU points out, “In a separate incident, a vehicular fire on surface streets caused a large plume of smoke and traffic delays on the MacArthur Maze. A car crash occurred on Highway 24 and Broadway about an hour before the RV fires broke out.

Fortunately, there were no human fatalities in the fire, as we saw with a campfire in Glen Park in late February. But the frequency of these fires is a concern that we will see more deaths, if not just among people in motorhomes, but perhaps motorists whose vision is impaired by smoke, or because of structural problems that fires can signal to the MacArthur maze.

Related: Late fire at Glen Park camp leaves one dead and three seriously injured [SFist]

Image: @OaklandFireCA by Twitter

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