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One person hospitalized after East Oakland house fire

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One person was hospitalized and six were displaced after a suspicious fire late Saturday in an East Oakland house packed with personal belongings under what firefighters described as “hoarder” conditions, fire officials said.

Crews responded shortly before midnight to the 2000 block of Crosby Avenue, where a fire that started in a basement had spread to the attic of a three-story house.

The structure, divided into multiple units, was full of personal belongings that impeded firefighters, said Battalion Chief Dino Torres.

The one-alarm fire took about 45 minutes to control and crews kept damage to a minimum on each floor, according to a Twitter post by Oakland firefighters.

One person was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation and three dogs were rescued from the blaze, Torres said.

The fire is considered suspicious and is under investigation, Torres said.

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