On-Site Work Finished at Scene of West Oakland Fire that Shut Transbay BART Service

By: Brian Shields - Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:06:51 -0800

OAKLAND (KRON) -- We could know this week if a fire at a West Oakland building that prompted the shutdown of BART transbay service was an accident or arson.

About two dozen agents with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms have just wrapped up their on-site investigation of the fire.

It was about a week and a half ago when the Red Star senior housing complex at Fifth Street and Mandela Parkway went up in flames melting the plastic that holds the third rail of the BART trains.

That prompted the closure of transbay service for several hours during a busy weekday commute.

ATF agents and forensic workers have been on the site since last Thursday sifting through the debris and trying to determine how it started.

While the on-site inspection is done, workers are sifting through the evidence.  A decision on how the fire started could be available by mid-week, agents say.

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