A vehicle crash by a suspected DUI driver ignited a two-alarm blaze at a gas station in East Oakland Thursday morning that triggered an evacuation for dozens of area residents, according to a fire dispatcher.
At about 2:20 a.m., emergency medical crews and firefighters responded to a vehicle crash at a 76 gas station located at the intersection of 98th and Edes avenues, a fire dispatcher said.
The crash reportedly happened after the driver of the vehicle fled when police tried to pull the car over on suspicion of possible DUI. The driver lost control of the car and crashed into two pumps at the gas station.
The collision triggered a fire that ignited gas from the pumps, but a fire fighter said quick-thinking gas station workers hit the emergency shut off to the pumps so the flames only had residual gasoline to burn.
There was enough cause for concern to evacuate around 40 people from their homes in the area. One woman said the crash and subsequent fire woke her up from her sleep.
“I heard a boom and saw an explosion and I heard another boom,” said the woman. “Big flames, big fires, all that.”
Two people were taken into custody by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies.
Firefighters were able to contain the two-alarm fire at the gas station and remain at the scene Thursday morning, according to a fire dispatcher. Residents were allowed back in their homes not long after 5 a.m.