PHOTOS: 6-alarm fire burns in Emeryville near Oakland border
Peter Nagel had just moved into his townhouse seven weeks ago. Now, he has to once again look for a new home in a tight housing market.
"That will probably be a tomorrow problem, or the next day to start thinking about it," said Nagel.
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Nagel lived in a complex with 17 townhouses. Several were destroyed when flames from the giant construction project next door, spread to the complex.
Emeryville Mayor Dianne Martinez says the new project was to house 105 apartment units.
"The housing that we're losing is about eight percent of what we've got in the immediate pipeline for what's being built in the next couple of years," said Martinez.
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Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb says that lost housing stock will impact neighboring Oakland as well.
"We're trying to get as much housing built in places that make sense. And this is one of those places," said Kalb.
Chris Plummer moved to Emeryville five years ago.
"There's a shortage of housing, but you have a lot of new buildings coming up like this," said Plummer.
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One of those new buildings is across the street from the fire at 3900 Adeline; its windows were shattered from the intense heat. On the other side of the project on MacArthur, is the site of a 120 apartment unit building.
Evacuee Paula Blackwell has lived in the neighborhood 35 Years. "All these people in this small space, all these cars, it's completely changed the neighborhood," she said.
But there's still a sense of community. A neighbor offered home cooked soup in front of his home for first responders and evacuees.
Evacuees from the Emeryville construction fire. Many looking for housing in already tight market. pic.twitter.com/0FH5F1On65— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) July 6, 2016
Entrance to 80 East/580 West on MacArthur Blvd in Oakland just reopened. pic.twitter.com/DXWXvRDwgk— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) July 6, 2016
San Pablo Fire Update: Defensive fire attack continues. Displaced residents are being helped by @RedCrossBayArea @ Emeryville Sr Center.— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) July 6, 2016
Security ofc. James Johnson says he was a hero this am as he woke up and evacuated at least 70 ppl next to fire. pic.twitter.com/0yyCwXZzow— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) July 6, 2016
Broken windows from the heat at 39th & Adeline St. across from Emeryville 6 alarm fire pic.twitter.com/ejxuQ9jiF6— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) July 6, 2016
Emeryville Update: Firefighters are battling a 6-alarm fire @ 3800 San Pablo Ave. Defensive fire attack in progress. pic.twitter.com/q23kangsgN— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) July 6, 2016
Massive fire in Emeryville/Oakland near 39th/Adeline. Off Ramps closed off 580. pic.twitter.com/kHZYMnfoRr— Reggie Aqui (@reggieaqui) July 6, 2016