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It was her first week as a 2013 freshman at UC Berkeley when Sarah Jones witnessed a fellow student being rushed to hospital with suspected alcohol poisoning. The female student, who lives in the same dorm as Jones (not her real name), was turning 18 and friends had lined up 18 shots for her to drink. Jones said she doesn’t remember how many the student had drunk before the ambulance was called.
Last week, ABC 7′s I-Team produced a troubling report about a surge in extreme drinking so far this year at UC Berkeley. According to the investigation, UC Berkeley has seen an increase in the number of students who get so drunk, often at frat parties, that they need to be taken to the hospital for care.
This has, at times, put a significant burden on the city’s ambulance services, leaving other city residents waiting for care, or requiring the Berkeley Fire Department to call for help from other paramedics in the region. It also puts pressure on the hospital closest to campus, Alta Bates, according to ABC. … Continue reading »
The metallic smell in the Berkeley air this morning was caused by a fire in a metal recycling yard near Redwood City, according to the Berkeley Fire Department.
A shelter-in-place advisory was issued for three counties, including Alameda, on Sunday as a result of the fire’s impact on air quality across the Bay Area.
The fire at the Sims Metal Management facility on Seaport Road near the Port of Redwood City began on Sunday, Nov 10 in a pile of metal scraps at about 1 p.m., according to the San Francisco Chronicle. More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze before putting it out at 6:10 a.m today, according to the Redwood City Fire Department. … Continue reading »
Nine people were displaced Monday when a house fire in the 1500 block of Tyler Street started in the kitchen of a triplex, according to authorities.
Just after 1 p.m., firefighters responded to a three-unit home on Tyler after a resident reported the fire, said Acting Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb of the Berkeley Fire Department on Tuesday. Officials believe the accidental fire began in a kitchen appliance on the second floor. … Continue reading »
A three-story, six-unit apartment building destroyed by fire early last year will remain rent-controlled, and former residents should have the right to return to the property, city staff said Tuesday night.
The Berkeley City Council heard an appeal Tuesday, filed by former tenants, of a June 2013 Zoning Adjustments Board decision regarding the property. Appellants alleged that property owner Lakireddy Bali Reddy was negligent in his approach to building maintenance, and that his negligence contributed to an unsafe situation that led to last year’s devastating fire at 2227 Dwight Way.
In addition to criticizing the city process related to rebuilding after the fire, appellants also said Reddy, of Everest Properties, should have to pay into the city’s affordable housing fund. City staff explained that the municipal code does not require that, since what is slated to be rebuilt is no different from what was on site before. … Continue reading »
A small fire in North Berkeley on Monday morning caused minor damage to a duplex on Virginia Street, authorities said.
Several readers asked Berkeleyside about the fire, which drew four engines, a truck, an ambulance and a chief officer to the scene.
Acting Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb, of the Berkeley Fire Department, said the call about the incident came in at 8:40 a.m. about a home in the 2100 block of Virginia Street, between Oxford and Walnut streets. The building is a duplex with two stories over a garage.
Webb said the fire reportedly began in a floor furnace in the floor of the living space immediately above the garage. … Continue reading »
A couple who helped a man who lost part of his leg after being hit by a train in Berkeley earlier this month has set up a fund to collect donations for his medical care.
Shelly Jones, 27, and Sean Stallmeyer, 29, were driving in West Berkeley when they witnessed the accident on Oct. 7.
They were driving toward Target at about 10:40 a.m. when they stopped for the southbound Union Pacific train to pass. As the gates came down to halt traffic, Stallmeyer said he saw a man with a shopping cart standing between the north- and southbound tracks. … Continue reading »
Authorities say two good Samaritans who sprung into action after a train accident took a man’s lower leg Monday morning may well have saved his life.
The accident happened at about 10:40 a.m. Sean Stallmeyer, 29, of Richmond said he and his girlfriend were driving toward Target when they stopped for the southbound Union Pacific train to pass. As the gates came down to halt traffic, Stallmeyer said he saw a man with a shopping cart standing between the north- and southbound tracks.
“I told my girl, ‘This guy is going to get hit,’” he said Friday morning. The man appeared to be trying to get across the tracks, and seemed to have cleared them. But he didn’t make it far enough. “The arms came down. I think he just froze. The force of the train just knocked him over. He tumbled down. He must have just fallen underneath the train.” … Continue reading »
A man who was struck by a train Monday at the Union Pacific railroad crossing at Gilman Street in West Berkeley lost his leg as a result, authorities said.
Few details have been available from officials so far this week.
Berkeleyside readers alerted us to the incident, reporting “a very large number” of Berkeley Police and Berkeley Fire vehicles at the train tracks at Gilman on Monday morning, and said the roadway was closed down in both directions.
Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb said, in a written statement, that Berkeley firefighters were called to the scene at about 10:40 a.m. Monday for a report of a man who had been struck by a train at Gilman. The man lost a leg in the accident and was taken to the Trauma Center at Highland Hospital for medical care. An update on his condition was not available Tuesday afternoon. … Continue reading »
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. Scroll down for details about the size of the fire and the smoke advisory issued Friday afternoon.
Shortly after 2 p.m., many members of the public began reporting a strong smell of smoke around Berkeley. One resident reported a possible fire in Tilden. Berkeleyside checked with the Berkeley Fire Department and were told that the heavy smoke was making its way over from an 8-alarm fire in Suisun City, in Solano County.
“The wind changed and we’re getting the smoke,” said Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong shortly before 2:20 p.m. He said Berkeley Fire crews are able to see the Suisun plume from the hills.
Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb said the department does have a patrol unit checking the area in the Berkeley Hills but, as of about 2:25 p.m., the smell just appeared to be caused by “drift smoke” from Solano County. … Continue reading »
Original post, 1 p.m., Berkeley and Oakland firefighters, already on high alert because of high winds and low humidity, quickly extinguished a small vegetation fire behind Clark Kerr campus on Friday morning.
The Berkeley Fire Department received multiple calls about smoke and flames around 3:44 a.m. from people living in the area above the campus, said Fire Chief Gil Dong. One resident in the Panoramic Way area was able to give a fairly precise location to the fire department, in an area above the track along Dwight Way. … Continue reading »
The man rescued by the Berkeley Fire Department from his burning home at 1716 Ward St. on Aug. 28 died in a San Francisco hospital six days later, on Sept. 3, according to authorities.
The San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed Wednesday that James Owsley, 58, was deceased on Sept. 3. A spokesperson said the cause of death was still pending.
Owsley was taken from his home on the night of Wednesday Aug. 28 to Alta Bates Hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department, and was later transferred to the burn unit at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco.
Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb said the cause of the two-alarm fire, which began shortly after 8 p.m on Aug. 28, has yet to be determined.
Firefighters rescued Owsley, who was unconscious, from the rear of the building. Speaking shortly after the fire, Fire Chief Gil Dong said there was a flashover in one of the rooms while firefighters were conducting the rescue. No firefighters were injured during the incident. … Continue reading »
A 56-year-old man died in a two-alarm house fire at 2431 Oregon St. early Tuesday morning, according to authorities.
Andrew Goodwin, 56, was found in his apartment on the third floor of a house that was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, according to Berkeley Fire Department Deputy Chief Avery Webb. Goodwin was transported to Alta Bates Hospital where he died, according to the Alameda County coroner’s office. The seven other occupants of the apartment building escaped unharmed. … Continue reading »
Berkeley firefighters rescued the unconscious occupant of a duplex apartment at 1716 Ward St. in Berkeley on Wednesday after a fire broke out at the home at around 8 p.m.
The person was treated immediately at the scene and taken to Alta Bates hospital, according to Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong.
The fire was called in by multiple people at, and after, 8:14 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, said Dong. When firefighters arrived at the scene, which is 1½ blocks west of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, they saw heavy black smoke coming from the rear of the property and were told that someone was trapped inside.
A second alarm was requested due to the amount of fire, and additional support was sent to help with the rescue and fire suppression.
“The first fire crew did a remarkable job in getting the occupant out quickly,” said Dong. He said there was reportedly also a flashover in one of the rooms while firefighters were conducting the rescue. No firefighters were injured during the incident. … Continue reading »