Update: Berkeley hills fire ‘under control’ as of 2 p.m.

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The three-story house that caught fire in the late morning of Feb. 6 is in the 1100 block of Keith Ave. Photo: Kelly Walter

Update, 9:09 p.m. Firefighters say a portable heater caused the residential fire on Keith Avenue. Read about it on Berkeleyside.

Update, 2:10 p.m. According to emergency scanner traffic, the incident was determined to be under control as of just after 2 p.m. Berkeleyside will update this post as more information becomes available.

Original post, 12:42 p.m. Berkeley Fire crews are working to put out a fire in a north Berkeley home in the hills that began just before noon, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to the 1100 block of Keith Avenue at 11:47 a.m. for a report of a structure fire, said Interim Fire Chief Gil Dong.


The smoke plume from a Berkeley home on fire on Keith Avenue. Photo: Max Webster
The smoke plume from a home on fire on Keith Ave. Photo: John Russell

Crews found a three-story home on fire when they arrived, said Dong, with heavy fire coming from the second and third floors.

He said no injuries had been reported, as of about 12:30 p.m.

No cause has been determined, as firefighters are still engaged in knocking down the blaze, he said.

A thick black cloud of billowing smoke could be seen from many vantage points around Berkeley.

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Berkeley interim Fire Chief Gil Dong said crews were battling heavy fire coming from the second and third floors. Photo: Robert Mathews
The Keith Avenue fire seen from a jet over the Bay, around 12:20 today. Photo: Daniel Cullen
The Keith Avenue fire seen from a jet over the Bay, around 12:20 today. Photo: Daniel Cullen

The following photographs were shared with Berkeleyside by K. Lawson. We always appreciate reader photo submissions via email at tips@berkeleyside.com.


Keith Avenue fire, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo: K. Lawson

Keith Avenue fire, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo: K. Lawson

Keith Avenue fire, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo: K. Lawson

Keith Avenue fire, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo: K. Lawson

Keith Avenue fire, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo: K. LawsonKeith Avenue fire, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo: K. LawsonKeith Avenue fire, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo: K. Lawson

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