The fire at Tiki Tom’s, which crews responded to at 11:13 p.m. Thursday at 300 29th Ave., was deemed suspicious after the power was discovered shut off since Oct. 6, Oakland police Officer George Buford said.
Buford said the power had been shut off by PG&E, but officials at PG&E could not confirm this was the case.
The fire destroyed about $750,000 worth of the property, Oakland fire Battalion Chief Eleanor Bolin-Chew said.
The three-alarm blaze was shooting through the building’s roof when crews arrived, firefighters said, and it took about 80 crewmembers to contain the fire.
No injuries were reported and no one was in the building, which created an obstacle for firefighters.
“We had access problems: it was closed, it was chained, and it was on the water,” Battalion Chief Edward Kilmartin said.
Investigators have yet to locate the owner of the restaurant, Tom Davies, as of 4 p.m. Friday, Buford said.
The restaurant, which was heavily damaged, will most likely have to be destroyed, Kilmartin said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.