OAKLAND -- A fire destroyed the back and roof of a house in East Oakland on Friday evening, sending the family of four who live there to temporary housing provided by the Red Cross, a fire battalion chief said.

The home near the corner of 63rd and Bancroft avenues caught fire about 6:30 p.m., Battalion Chief Jenny Ray said.

The fire was caused by a problem with the hot water heater, which was on the enclosed back porch, Ray said.

Oakland fire called a single-alarm response, and had the fire under control within about 15 minutes.

There were three family members home when the fire broke out, and all managed to escape unharmed. No firefighters were injured.

The three family members are being assisted by the Red Cross as the back of the house and roof were destroyed by flames and the home is uninhabitable for now, Ray said.



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