A man died Monday morning at an Oakland homeless encampment after his living structure caught on fire, according to Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Ian McWhorter.
The fire broke out at a camp at Sycamore Street and Northgate Avenue, just east of Highway 24 and north of the city's Uptown neighborhood.
McWhorter says the structure was made of plywood and two-by- fours and had a door. No cause has been determined and an arson investigation is underway.
Two similar wood structures stood unscathed next to the blackened remains.
The man, who has not yet been identified, was known as “Kilo” by one resident who lives nearby. Shawn Moses says he awoke around 5 a.m. to a woman screaming and the “sound of crackling.” He says that when he went outside “the whole tent was ablaze.”