Man Rescued in Oakland

OAKLAND — Firefighters rescued a man from a burning room inside a two-story Victorian home that caught fire Friday night, displacing five people, a fire official said.

Crews were dispatched at 7:55 p.m. to the building on the 1500 block of 9th Street near Chestnut Street in West Oakland after someone reported seeing smoke coming from the building, acting Battalion Chief Howard Holt said.

When firefighters arrived, they entered the home and found a man inside a room on the lower floor, fire officials said.

The man was not breathing when he was pulled from the home, but later was breathing on his own, Holt said. The man was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Firefighters had the blaze under control shortly before 8:30 p.m., officials said, and the Red Cross assisted at least five displaced residents with temporary housing.

Neither the cause or origin of the fire was immediately known, Holt said.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to one room inside the home, but the rest of the home suffered smoke damage.



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