One person has been reported dead in an encampment fire at a longstanding West Oakland encampment involving several RVs.
For the second time in about six weeks, an unhoused person living in a Bay Area encampment has died in a fire — following a spate of encampment fires dating back six months or more.
A fire broke out at the Wood Street encampment at 26th and Wood Streets in Oakland around 1:25 p.m. The Oakland Fire Department tweeted at 2:30 p.m. that "Crews remain on scene" and "3 RVs, 2 cars and 1 flatbed truck were burned."
The fire department adds that "5 persons were displaced and one person was found deceased inside an RV."
Update: Crews remain on scene at the encampment fire on Caltrans property near 26th & Wood St. The fire was reported at 125pm and placed under control at 2pm. 3 RVs, 2 cars and 1 flatbed truck were burned. 5 persons were displaced and one person was found deceased inside an RV. https://t.co/ZSqyZfiOtc— Oakland Fire Department (CA) (@OaklandFireCA) April 5, 2022
As SFGate reports via Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Frank Tijiboy, residents at the encampment told arriving firefighters that a person was trapped in one of the RVs that was on fire.
This same encampment was the site of a large encampment fire on March 1 that involved multiple exploding propane tanks near the I-880 freeway overpass.
More recently, on March 10, a fire at an encampment a half-mile away involved several RVs, and two dogs died in that fire.
Another fire broke out March 21 at a sanctioned, tiny-home encampment near Lake Merritt, destroying several brand-new tiny home units.
In late February, a homeless woman became trapped and died at an underpass encampment near San Francisco's Glen Park.