Sequoia fire accidental, started in elevator machinery

The Sequoia Building Tuesday undergoing a partial demolition post-fire. Photo: Ira Serkes

Investigators for the Berkeley Fire Department say the five-alarm fire that broke out on November 18th at 2441 Haste Street originated in and around the elevator machinery in the basement of the five-story building, and that the fire was accidental in nature.

The BFD issued a statement Wednesday afternoon to say the onsite investigation phase of the Sequoia Building at 2441 Haste Street is complete, and a final report will be finalized and available within the next several weeks.

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