Roof collapse in Oakland, Calif., killing at least seven people, has raised fears about the safety of the entire city and the wider country.
The collapse on Saturday night at a home on a residential street in the city’s Mission District came just days after a similar collapse at a house in San Jose that killed at least six people.
The fire was brought under control within hours and no one was injured.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a statement saying, “The Oakland City Council has voted to suspend all city services pending an investigation into this devastating fire.
For those who have lost loved ones in this tragic fire, my thoughts and prayers are with them. “
I am heartbroken by this tragedy and will do all I can to assist in the recovery.
For those who have lost loved ones in this tragic fire, my thoughts and prayers are with them.
Oakland Mayor Liby S. Schaaf speaks during a press conference on Feb. 6, 2020, in Oakland.
The city of Oakland will suspend all services, including city business and transportation, and will not be open on Sunday, Feb. 7, as scheduled, Mayor Liba Schaaf said.
After the fire, which authorities say was started by a fireplace, firefighters responded to the fire with little success.
A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates fires, said the investigation is ongoing.
Schaaf said she has ordered the city to shut down all commercial businesses and to temporarily suspend all public transportation until the investigation into the fire is complete.
In Oakland, residents have been posting pictures of their houses, and one person has been charged with felony manslaughter for the death of an elderly woman who was found inside.
She died of smoke inhalation, said San Francisco Police Sgt. Mark Beck.
Beck said police have found nothing in the house that could have caused the fire.
The man, who was arrested Saturday night, remains in custody, he said.
The homeowner was not injured, Beck said.
Police are investigating whether the homeowner deliberately set fire to the house to cause the collapse.
An investigation is under way to determine whether a fire started at the house caused the collapse, police said.
Firefighters were called to the home on Friday night.
Police were notified of the fire just before midnight.
Fire officials said the house on the corner of Market Street and Jackson Avenue is owned by a resident and has a rear yard.
No one was in the home when it caught fire, and it was not immediately clear how long the blaze had been going on.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the collapse and the exact cause of a house that caught fire in the Mission District.