Part of the structure has collapsed into a street, and a crane was spinning, but has not collapsed.
Khamphou said she was sitting in her auto getting ready to go to work when she saw smoke coming from the building next door.
The fire began early Friday, forcing the evacuations and sending flames high into the air.
The fire was sparked at about 5 a.m. and quickly spread throughout the construction site, fueled by building materials. The Intersection is set to be built again, offering 105 residential units and 21,000 square feet of retail space.
A $35 million mixed-use project called the Intersection under construction in downtown Emeryville, on the Oakland border, has burned twice in the past year in fires that were so big they damaged nearby homes and businesses.
"I saw a lot of smoke".
According to White, it is too early to know what caused the fire because firefighters are still monitoring hot spots.
She said she turned around and drove back to her neighborhood and found flames shooting from the building.
City councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney said Oakland leaders will not take Friday's fire lightly. "I thought it was going to come down".
Per the Chronicle, federal investigators have joined the county in trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Officials say a fire is out after destroying an Oakland construction site. "Their rapid and heroic response ensured no injuries were sustained and that nearby buildings were safely evacuated".