Berkeley Fire Department responds to small fire on Durant

The Berkeley Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire in an unoccupied apartment building at 2631 Durant Ave. around 5 a.m., according to Deputy Fire Chief Donna McCracken. No injuries were reported, she said, and the fire was extinguished in just a few minutes. The fire began on the outside of a […]

A personal thank you to the Berkeley Fire Department

By E. Kay Trimberger E. Kay Trimberger was eating breakfast at home on Dec. 12 when she heard a smoke alarm go off. She soon realized that a fire had broken out in her study, the place that held her computer with all her writing for her current book project. Trimberger called 911 and the […]

Berkeley Fire Dept reports ammonia leak at Bayer lab

Update, 8:40 p.m.: BFD and BPD issued a Nixle alert around 7 p.m. saying that the incident at Bayer was over. “All ammonia readings back to zero,” it states. “No release to atmosphere. Property back under Bayer control. Incident terminated at approximately 6:30 p.m. No report on cause at this time.” Original story: The Berkeley […]

Volunteers needed Saturday to stuff food bags; donations also needed for Toys for Tots

Berkeley firefighters are looking for volunteers Saturday to help them stuff 800 grocery bags with food and deliver them to some of Berkeley’s elderly for the holidays. (Berkeley police are also looking for donations of toys. See below.) For more than 25 years, Berkeley Firefighters Random Acts, a philanthropic group of firefighters who help the community, […]

Unstoppable: Berkeley cyclist’s miraculous recovery after crash that nearly killed her

No one expected Meg Schwarzman to survive. Authorities say a driver, high on medical marijuana, ran her over from behind as she pedaled home from work at UC Berkeley in early February. She was pinned under the car when medics arrived. The 43-year-old doctor and researcher had been dragged 60 feet through the intersection at Fulton Street and Bancroft Way. She […]

Berkeley crash sends cyclist to Highland

Update, Nov. 15, 1:56 p.m. BFD has confirmed that a male cyclist who was not wearing a helmet was struck by a car Monday night. He “had a possible significant injury,” authorities said. The Berkeley Fire Department took him to the hospital. BPD said the cyclist “was conscious and alert” after the crash. Berkeleyside will attempt to […]

72K people participate in Berkeley’s ‘Great ShakeOut’

The principal did it. The janitor did it. The students did it. At 10:20 a.m. last Thursday, everyone at LeConte Elementary School in Berkeley participated in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. They dropped under the nearest table, covered their heads, and held on tight. The purpose of the annual ShakeOut event is to raise awareness of […]

Election 2016: Who is Stephen Murphy?

Name: Stephen Murphy Age: 44 Job: Associate director, Alameda County Family Justice Center What office are you are running for? Berkeley City Council, District 5 What is the main reason you are running? I have spent my career dedicated to public service and social justice and I want to build upon my experience and relationships to help my community. As […]

Berkeley congregation shows resilience in wake of fire

Five days after a three-alarm fire tore through the roof of a building owned by the First Congregational Church of Berkeley on 2345 Channing Way, causing an estimated $2 million in damage, the church’s senior minister, Molly Baskette, sat in The Musical Offering Café on Bancroft Way waiting to talk to members of her congregation. Baskette, who only became […]

Update: Pipe repair may not be done before commute

Update, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5:28 a.m. EBMUD says water should be back on for customers by about 8 a.m., according to the latest info, “however work in the street will continue as we work with the city of Berkeley to facilitate coordination of other underground utilities.” Update, Oct. 5, 4:15 a.m. EBMUD reports: “University Avenue down […]

Update: Berkeley church says 3-alarm fire caused by roof work, crews still on scene, streets closed

Update, 5 p.m. Authorities say 94 children and 14 staffers were evacuated during Friday’s three-alarm fire at the First Congregational Church on Channing Way in Berkeley. The fire was declared under control at 3:20 p.m. but had not been extinguished, Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong said during a 4 p.m. briefing. Firefighters were still working to put […]