Firefighters put out cottage blaze after reports of smoke

A fire in an in-law unit in the Berkeley hills this week resulted in about $30,000 worth of damage, and its cause remains under investigation, authorities said Wednesday.

Multiple neighbors near Poppy Lane and Hilldale Avenue called to report an odor of smoke just after midnight Wednesday, said Interim Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb of the Berkeley Fire Department.

Firefighters were on the scene in less than 10 minutes, but it took some time to locate and then reach the fire.

“Callers reported a strong smell of smoke; they didn’t have an immediate location,” said Webb.

Webb said firefighters searched the area and ultimately spotted a column of smoke in the 700 block of Hilldale. The outbuilding was behind the main house and far enough from the road that fire crews had to set up an extension to its 200-foot hose line to reach it, he said.

Four engines, one ladder truck, an ambulance and a battalion chief responded to the scene. Police also responded to help with traffic control.

No one was injured in the fire.

Related:
House fire in Berkeley hills caused by portable heater [02.06.13]
Update: Berkeley hills fire ‘under control’ as of 2 p.m.  [02.06.13]
Berkeley Fire douses 2-alarm blaze at Potter Street lab [11.12.12]

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