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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

ATF to Investigate Fire That Messed Up BART Commute Last Week

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Investigators from the ATF are combing through the ashes and rubble in West Oakland this morning, trying to determine whether the blaze that screwed your commute last week was the product of fire-happy arsonists.

The fire started shortly after 2 a.m. on Thursday at an under-construction senior center

between Fifth and Seventh streets next to the West Oakland BART

station. The fire spread to lampposts, cars, and power poles, and took down

electrical wires. It then jumped to the elevated BART tracks, forcing officials to shut down trains between San Francisco and the East Bay.

The fire certainly seemed suspicious, and according to ABC, fire investigators are guessing it could be arson.

A security guard at the scene told police that he was being harassed by three people just before the fire started. He said then saw them behind the building, and that one of them might have had something in his hand.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt. Unfortunately, commuters were stranded for hours on Thursday, which is why we are all interested in finding out what happened.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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