WATCH: Huge plumes of black smoke fill the skyline as eight lorry rigs catch fire in Oakland, California

WATCH: Huge plumes of black smoke as eight lorry rigs catch fire in the port of Californian city of Oakland

Image of charred reamins of eight lorry rigs in Oakland, California. Credit: Oakland Fire Department

Eight lorry rigs caught fire in the Port area of Oakland, California, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the sky.

Residents in the Californian city of Oakland were shocked at the sight of plumes of thick black smoke rising into the air on the skyline this morning, Sunday, December 11. It was subsequently confirmed by Oakland Fire Department that eight big lorry rigs had caught fire in the Port area.

Specifically, the blaze broke out at West 14th and Maritime streets at around 9am. It was quickly brought under control by firefighting crews who had been deployed to the location. Just one appliance was sent initially but extra teams were requested due to the intensity of the flames. Three crews comprising 12 firefighters eventually extinguished the fires by 9:30am.

An image of the burnt-out remains was posted on social media by the city’s Fire Department. They stressed that no trailers were involved in the fire, and nobody was injured. A full investigation is being launched to establish the cause of the blaze, according to


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