This is the second trash can arson fire on the same block in 12 days. Rabbi Chai Levy, who heads the congregation, does not believe it was a hate crime.
The fire was an act of terror, said Pastor Michael McBride, who leads the 48-year-old Way Christian Church. He questioned the “timid” response to the incident from Berkeley’s leaders.
After containing the fire, firefighters continued to put out “hot spots” for about 1.5 hours.
Several roads and parking lots commonly used as viewpoints will be closed this year, UC Police reported.
Loud pops, cracks and fireworks in recent weeks have prompted hundreds of posts on social media, passionate threads on neighborhood forums and, perhaps inevitably, conspiracy theories.
A noisy, upbeat convoy of East Bay fire trucks, police cruisers and more, with many vintage rides, took in five local hospitals.
Robert Dougherty escaped injury, but lost his home and his belongings after his tent caught fire while he was asleep inside.
One resident was displaced after a parked vehicle caught on fire on Byron Street in West Berkeley on Saturday afternoon then spread to an adjacent home, authorities report.
Firefighters quickly put out the flames, said BFD. Nobody was injured.
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A fire at the camp across from the Seabreeze market sent someone to a medical center Thursday afternoon.