Oakland's Vietnamese American center damaged by 'devastating' overnight fire

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By KCBS Radio

The Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay, which serves nearly 10,000 meals each week to people in need, was damaged by a fire early Saturday.

The blaze at the busy community center in Oakland's Eastlake neighborhood was reported shortly after 1 a.m. and is believed to have sparked at a nearby homeless camp, according to Oakland Fire Department officials.

OFD Spokesperson Michael Hunt said no injuries were reported in the blaze.

It’s not clear whether any residents of the homeless camp were displaced, he added.

The fire was under control by 1:40 a.m. at the two-story building on International Blvd.

Officials said the damage was contained to roughly 40 percent of the building.

Oakland City Council President Nikki Bas said the loss was "devastating" for the city's Vietnamese community.

District 4 City Councilmember Sheng Thao called the loss, which happened on the eve of Lunar New Year, heartbreaking.

Officials said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.