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Bay Area Rappers Rescue Tenants From Burning Building


Bay Area rappers Sleepy D and Big Hongry helped rescue a number of tenants from a burning apartment building in Oakland, Calif. Tuesday afternoon (July 5).

According to the San Francisco Examiner, Sleepy D and Big Hongry were watching TV in a top-floor apartment when they smelled smoke and quickly realized the building was on fire. The blaze, which was determined to be a one-alarm fire, began at about 2:20PM on the ground-floor of the three-story building in the 1500 block of 31st St.

The duo leapt into action, rescuing an elderly resident and then combed the building looking for more trapped families. “We had to get everybody out of there,” Sleepy D told the SF Examiner. “We just kicked their doors in.”

The Oakland fire department arrived on scene shortly after and worked with residents to safely evacuate the building with no injuries reported.

Oakland fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton disclosed that the fire was confined to one apartment, and three other units had smoke damage. Total damage was estimated at $80,000 to $100,000.

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