OAKLAND -- An early-morning fire that destroyed two cars and a carport at an Oakland apartment building Saturday may have been arson, a fire official said.

The single-alarm blaze was reported around 4:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of Courtland Avenue -- almost directly behind Oakland Fire Station 17 on High Street, according to Capt. Ian McWhorter. Arriving firefighters found two cars on fire inside the carport.

Firefighters knocked down the blaze quickly, but the cars, which belonged to the building manager and a tenant, were destroyed. The garage doors were closed, leading officials to believe that the fire was intentionally set, McWhorter said.

An arson investigator was called to the scene, but a cause was not immediately known.

-- Daniel M. Jimenez