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UPDATE, Nov. 13: According to the Berkeley Fire Department, the fire is estimated to have caused $50,000 in property loss, and $10,000 in content loss. The damage was primarily confined to the roof, though a third-floor utility room sustained some water damage as well.
Berkeley firefighters put out a two-alarm roof fire in West Berkeley on Monday afternoon at a biology lab space leased by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, authorities said.
Deputy Chief Gil Dong of the Berkeley Fire Department said the call, to the west end of Potter Street near Fifth Street, came in just before 1 p.m.
Dong said a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor was working on the roof when some insulation roofing material caught fire.
“On arrival, the first engine company on scene saw flames coming from the rooftop,” he said, describing the fire as “fairly large.” … Continue reading »
Update, 09.11.12: The fire at 3107 Sacramento Street was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials, according to the fire department, and as reported in the Oakland Tribune. Twenty-year old Seaquins Young, her two-year-old child and mother escaped the apartment before it was completely destroyed by the blaze.
Original story: A fire broke out on Monday afternoon in a two-unit residence at 3107 Sacramento Street. There were no reports of injuries, but six engines were on the scene and the blaze caused a plume of smoke to rise over the city.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong, the two-alarm fire was still being fought at around 3:20 pm on Monday at the apartment building, which has commercial space underneath it. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The building is sandwiched between gospel music store Reid’s Records and the building which formerly housed Recycle Bicycle. … Continue reading »
Update, 6:20pm: The City of Berkeley has made a preliminary finding that the fire was accidental in nature and started in a water-heater closet. Damage is estimated to be at least $1 million to the 3-story, 6-unit building. Dwight Way has one lane closed, but is otherwise open to traffic. The fire-damaged building has been red-tagged by the City’s building official, designating it as unsafe to enter. Because of the risk that the fire-damaged building could collapse, several surrounding buildings received yellow tags. The yellow tag designation generally means that the building is unsafe to live in, but residents can enter with a police escort in order to retrieve their belongings. Building access is limited to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. … Continue reading »
The two homes that caught on fire in the Berkeley hills on Wednesday night suffered more than $1 million in damage, according to Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong.
The houses at 1005 and 1007 Miller Avenue near Grizzly Peak Boulevard suffered extensive structural damage, he said.
Fire officials do not yet know what cause the fire, which erupted shortly after 8:30 pm and sent flames shooting up more than 60 feet in the air. Four fire fighters were injured … Continue reading »
Two homes on Miller Avenue in the Berkeley hills were extensively damaged Wednesday night when a fire that spread to three alarms broke out.
The fire in the heavily wooded area broke out at 8:32 pm at 1005 Miller Avenue near Grizzly Peak, according to Assistant Fire Chief Gil Dong. The fire quickly spread to an adjacent house, prompting officials to evacuate nearby homes. The flames were contained by 10:41 pm, but not before crews from Oakland and Alameda were … Continue reading »
The fire that broke out on the roof of 3240 Ellis Street late Sunday night was one of two significant fires tackled by the Berkeley Fire Department this weekend, according to Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong.
Nobody was injured after a fire broke out in the converted attic of the apartment building at 2731 Durant Avenue early on Saturday, although it caused an estimated total of $450,000 worth of damage.
On Saturday July 2 at 5:36 am, the Fire Department received a call about a fire in the 3-story, 13-unit apartment building at 2731 Durant. The call was made by a Berkeley police officer on patrol, who spotted heavy smoke coming from the top of the building, according to Dong.
Occupants of the apartments — who were unaware that a fire had broken out — were evacuated by the BPD, and a total of five engines, two trucks, two paramedic untis and two fire chiefs attended the scene. … Continue reading »