Oakland firefighters are battling a four-alarm blaze at a building under construction.
The fire is burning at 24th and Valdez streets near an Acura dealership and Whole Foods, according to ABC7 San Francisco news station.
KRON4 said the fire is just two blocks away from the Grand Avenue side of Lake Merritt at a construction site that was supposed to hold 200 units.
Police are evacuating people living and working nearby.
Thick, heavy black smoke came from the site, and was visible for miles, according to Fox 61 Oakland.
The blaze was first reported at 4:21 a.m.