Mandela Parkway in Oakland, agents with the ATF were able to determine exactly where and how the fire began. However, Special Agent Christian Hoffman said he wouldn't give reporters those details until someone was arrested.
"Only two people know what started the fire: the
Authorities had already suspected that the fire was arson; a security guard at the scene told police that he had been harassed by
three people right before the fire started. Afterward, he said he saw those same people behind
the building, and that one of them might have had something in his hand.
The unforgettable fire started shortly after 2 a.m. on June 14 at an
under-construction senior center
next to the West Oakland BART
station. The fire spread to lampposts, cars, and power poles, and took
electrical wires. It then jumped to the elevated BART tracks, forcing
officials to shut down trains between San Francisco and the East Bay.
The BART shut down left commuters stranded for hours as they waited for buses to carry them over the Bay Bridge. Needless to say, it was not a good day to be a commuter in the Bay Area.
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