Fire

A Berkeley building is turned into a heap of rubble, debris

Late Wednesday, it looked like a humongous monster had taken a giant bite out of the partially demolished Sequoia Building. Photo: Tracey Taylor

By Wednesday evening, the Sequoia Building at 2441 Haste Street was effectively no more, or at the very least no more than a gigantic heap of debris and rubble.

A demolition crew, who started tearing the fire-ravaged structure down on Tuesday morning, had succeeded in taking the building down to two stories in many areas. The well of the structure was filled with the fire-charred guts of the building, including, standing tall not unlike an elevated, albeit outsize bird-house, the elevator shaft at the base of which fire investigators have determined the blaze began.

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