A house that caught fire on Deakin Street near Ashby this morning sparked another fire in the house next door and the evacuation of an adjacent convalescent care home.
The first fire started at 10:45 am and both fires were under control by 11:30 am, according to Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong.
The first fire broke out in the rear exterior of 3009 Deakin Street. It caused part of the house at 3019 to ignite. Both are single family homes. Any occupants of the homes had evacuated before the fire department arrived on the scene, and there were no reported injuries. Dong said the cause of the original fire is unknown and an investigation team were on the scene at 11:30 am.
The Ashby Care Center, a convalescent care home to the rear of the homes, was evacuated and patients were asked to stay outside due to concerns about smoke in the immediate area and the building causing respiratory problems.
The two fires prompted the dispatch of two fire trucks, six engines, two paramedic vehicles and four chief officers. A section of Ashby Avenue from Telegraph running west was closed to traffic to accommodate the emergency vehicles.
“The primary focus for us was to suppress the fire and prevent additional exposure,” said Gong who was on the scene.
On Oct. 3, a home six blocks away from Deakin Street, on Benvenue Avenue, just off Ashby, was almost destroyed by a fire believed to been prompted by the explosion of a propane tank in the rear of the house.