Police: Oakland Home Gutted In Blaze Ignited By Sideshow Drivers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Police say two cars involved in an Oakland car-stunt "sideshow" rally plowed through a front yard and into a home, igniting a blaze that torched the three-bedroom residence.

Authorities said the two drivers lost control of their vehicles and hit each other before slamming into the one-story home in East Oakland early Saturday morning.

Oakland fire Lt. David Brue said one of the cars clipped a natural gas line feeding the house, which started the fire.

The fire burned for 45 minutes and caused the roof to collapse,
but the occupants escaped without injury. The drivers fled the scene.

Oakland police Officer Vince Fratangelo said the drivers in the Saturday crash were involved in a sideshow, a kind of impromptu
reckless driving exhibition common to parts of the city.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-04-13-08 1633EDT

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