OAKLAND -- A mother and son escaped a two-alarm fire at a Victorian home in East Oakland on Monday morning, a fire official said.
The blaze erupted about 8:44 a.m. and caused at least $50,000 damage to the three-story wooden structure in the 1600 block of 12th Avenue. The woman and her son were able to get out on their own before firefighters arrived.
It took 25 firefighters until about 9:05 a.m. to bring the smoky blaze under control. No firefighters were injured.
Oakland Fire Lt. Scott Hellige said the fire started in the rear basement area. The son tried to put it out with a garden hose but failed and left the home.
A second alarm sounded to keep the fire from spreading, Hellige said.
It was not known immediately where the residents would be housed, but it appeared they might be staying with relatives. No Red Cross workers were at the scene.
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