The Oakland Firestorm on October 20, 1991 was a large urban area fire that occurred in the hillsides of northern Oakland, California and southeastern Berkeley on Sunday, almost exactly two years after the powerful Loma Prieta earthquake. The fire had many names and was called the Oakland hills firestorm, the East Bay Hills Fire, and the Tunnel Fire (because the origin above the Caldecott Tunnel) in Oakland.

The fire ultimately killed 25 people and injured 150 others. The 1,520 acres destroyed included 2,843 family homes and 437 apartment and condo units.

The economic loss has been estimated at $1.5 billion of fire insured and uninsured damage.


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