OAKLAND -- Smoldering remains of Monday night fireworks have not been ruled out as the cause of a fire Tuesday at an East Oakland auto storage yard that destroyed at least 11 vehicles, officials said.
The incident was apparently the only possible fireworks-related property damage in the city, officials said.
The sounds and sights of illegal fireworks, including firecrackers and skyrockets -- as well as gunfire -- were dominant throughout the city from nightfall Monday to early Tuesday.
But as of Tuesday afternoon there were no reported arrests and no injuries, officials said.
Tuesday's fire broke out about 5:30 a.m. at Pito's 1 Towing in the 1400 block of 46th Avenue.
Fire Batallion Chief Lisa Baker said about 10 vehicles and a boat were ablaze when firefighters arrived. It took 36 firefighters at least 25 minutes to control the fire. There were no injuries.
The vehicles were considered destroyed and a carport roof scorched, she said. Another 20 vehicles were not damaged, she said.
An SUV in an adjacent apartment complex parking area was also destroyed, officials said.
Total damage for all the vehicles was estimated at a minimum of $150,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Baker said officials "cannot rule out the possibility" that illegal fireworks set off in the area Monday night might have fallen into the lot.
Baker said no employees were present when the fire started but some showed up while firefighters were on the scene.