OAKLAND -- A smoky house fire in East Oakland burned for more than an hour Tuesday morning before firefighters were able to control it.
Besides flames and smoke in the home's attic, firefighters were hampered by a large amount of personal belongings inside the home and a fallen power line on the side of the house, fire officials said.
No injuries were reported.
The fire erupted at the three-story, wood-frame house in the 2000 block of East 26th Street about 9 a.m. and was controlled at 10:16 a.m. The owner was not home when the fire started, said Battalion Chief Jenny Ray. It was not immediately known where the fire was sparked, but flames spread to the attic, prolonging the blaze. Smoke could be seen and smelled for miles.
Firefighters were ordered out of the burning structure at least twice so they would not be injured.
Police officers blocked off streets in the area while firefighters battled the blaze.
Fire investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the fire. Portions of the roof collapsed and officials said the house was a total loss.