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 […]

Video: Firefighter escaped peril in First Church blaze

A Berkeley firefighter almost died last fall after he was left more than two floors up in a smoke-filled building as flames closed in and his oxygen ran down, a new video reveals.

The Lowdown: Council on police grants, budget, infrastructure, fees, more

Don’t miss our guide to May 16 council highlights: federal funding and an armored van for police that’s been disputed by activists, infrastructure updates, the Library Board, more.

Apartment where couple, cats died ‘red-tagged’ pending expert inspection

The apartment where a young Berkeley couple and their cats were found dead in January has been “red tagged” by city staff, and the building owner has been directed to have the unit inspected by a licensed contractor before anyone can live there again.