OAKLAND, Calif. — The Latest on a fire at an Oakland construction site (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Oakland is blocking off streets surrounding a burned building site until crews can take down a giant construction crane hanging over the neighborhood.

Friday’s early morning fire destroyed the seven-story building site but there were no injuries.

Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Erik Logan says traffic and residents are temporarily blocked from the area as a precaution.

Logan says crews will work over the weekend to secure and take down the untethered construction crane that authorities fear could collapse.

Crews will also demolish burned scaffolding hanging over the site.

Logan says fire investigators will enter the site after it is safe.

At least 10 evacuated residents are staying at an emergency shelter. Others have gone to family and friends.


2:25 p.m.

Officials say a fire is out after destroying an Oakland construction site. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters remained on the scene Friday to control hot spots.

At least 700 residents were evacuated from buildings near the site and many will spend the night in a nearby emergency shelter near Lake Merritt.

The fire began early Friday, forcing the evacuations and sending flames high into the air.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The building was designed to include apartments and retail space.


1:45 p.m.

At least 700 residents have been evacuated near an Oakland building that was destroyed by fire.

Many will spend the night in an emergency shelter set up about nine blocks from the building near Lake Merritt.

No one was injured.

The fire began early Friday at a building under construction, forcing nearby evacuations and sending flames high into the air.

A plume of smoke was visible for miles. Streets in the area were closed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The building was designed to include apartments and retail space.


8:20 a.m.

A large crane in the middle of an Oakland building that was destroyed by fire is in danger of collapsing.

The fire near Lake Merritt has been contained and no one was injured.

The crane, which was swinging around on its own amid the flames, is adding additional concerns to firefighters.

Firefighters continue to pour numerous streams of water on the smoldering site.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The building was being built for apartments and retail space.


7:10 a.m.

A huge fire at a building that was under construction in Oakland near Lake Merritt has been contained.

No one has been reported injured.

Evacuations at nearby buildings remain in place and surrounding streets are closed.

Firefighters continue to pour numerous streams of water onto the blaze, which broke out in the 7-story building before dawn Friday at 24th and Valdez streets.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The building was being built for apartments and retail space.


6:50 a.m.

A huge fire is consuming a building that is under construction in Oakland near Lake Merritt, and evacuations at nearby buildings have been ordered.

Firefighters are pouring numerous streams of water onto the blaze, which broke out in the 7-story building before dawn Friday at 24th and Valdez streets.

No one has been reported injured.

A large crane in the middle of the site has been swinging around amid the flames.

The fire, northwest of Lake Merritt, sent flames high into the air, and a plume of smoke was visible for miles

Streets in the area are closed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.