Firefighters investigate fatal blaze in Oakland

September 11, 2011 8:34:12 PM PDT
Homicide detectives are conducting an investigation after Oakland firefighters discovered two bodies burning in a blaze at a two-story building early this morning, Oakland police and fire officials said.

Oakland firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 3100 block of Coolidge Avenue at a residential unit in the building around 1:05 a.m. and found two bodies burning in the home, Oakland police Officer J. Moore said.

One of the bodies was badly burned and the coroner is still collecting evidence to identify the victim, Oakland fire Battalion Chief Darin White said. The other victim is believed to be a woman, he said.

The building houses an acupuncture and acupressure business on its lower level, along with a residential unit in the rear, White said. The bodies were found in the building's upper level in a separate residential unit where the fire originated, he said.

Six people were displaced as a result of the one-alarm fire, which was extinguished within about 15 minutes, White said. There were no other reported injuries. The blaze caused an estimated $50,000 to $70,000 in damage, he said.

White said the fire has not been deemed suspicious because the fire investigator is still on the scene gathering information. Although an arson investigation is not underway, a witness reported seeing several suspects running away from the building after the blaze, he said.