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Fire destroys Buddhist temple in Oakland

KTVU, Feb 23, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (CA) -- Investigators say hundreds of unattended lit candles caused a huge fire that burned through a Buddhist temple in Oakland, and also destroyed 2 neighboring homes.

<< Fire destroys Buddhist temple in Oakland

The candles were part of a traditional Buddhist new year's celebration.

Firefighters responded to an emergency call around 2 a.m. Tuesday, about a fire at the Oakland Cambodian

Buddhist Temple on East 10th Street and 52nd Avenue. Flames quickly spread to an unoccupied house on the back of the property, and to the house next door. A total of

18 people were forced out by the flames, including several monks who live at the temple. Three people suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters credit working smoke detectors, for likely saving lives.

A monk tells KTVU Fox 2 reporter Alex Savidge, that they will rebuild. Asked if he was upset, the monk said, "this is how life is."

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