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19/10/1991 Fire sweeps through Oakland hills burning thousands of homes

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1991 Oakland Firestorm

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RAW VIDEO: Oakland Hills Firestorm

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Remembering Oakland Hills 20 Years Later

On this day, a fire begins in the hills of Oakland, California. The winds were so intense and the area was so dry that within an hour close to 800 buildings were on fire. 25 people had lost their lives, 150 people were injured and 3,000 homes and 1,500 acres had been consumed. The total tally of damages was $1.5 billion.
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    • Origins of the fire 

    • Firefighting response and difficulties 

    • Aftermath 

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