Victim of Fire in Foreclosed Oakland Home Identified

By: Brian Shields - Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:45:34 -0800

OAKLAND (BCN) -- A man killed in a fire in Oakland's Maxwell Park neighborhood  early Tuesday morning has been identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau  as 30-year-old Brandon Crawford.

      The fire was reported at a two-story, single-family home in the  2900 block of Kingsland Avenue at about 4:30 a.m., Oakland fire Battalion  Chief Lisa Baker said.

      The house was in foreclosure and electric and gas service had been  shut off prior to the morning's fire, Baker said.

      Crawford was a transient who had been staying at the house,  according to the coroner's office. His relationship to the home's residents  has not been determined.

      Crawford and a second man, believed to be in his late 40s or early  50s, were both hospitalized with serious injuries. Crawford was pronounced  dead later this morning, while the other man remained in critical condition  this afternoon, Baker said.

      The fire was controlled in about 10 minutes, but the damage --  estimated $350,000 -- left it uninhabitable, Baker said.

      "This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to make sure they  have working smoke detectors in their homes," Baker said.

      She recommended that residents switch out their smoke detector  batteries when they change their clocks for daylight saving time.

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