The fire also heavily damaged Dorothée Mitrani’s home.
Staff says “almost all” of the affected addresses provided by PG&E to the city appear to be outside city limits. But Berkeley Hills residents should still be ready to evacuate with a red flag warning in effect.
The homeowner told fire officials he put a cleaned pot on a stove to dry and then forgot about it. But friends say he misspoke.
Most addresses in the city had reportedly gotten their electricity back by Monday evening, authorities reported.
The city of Berkeley has warned affected residents to prepare to be without power until Friday.
Air quality in the city has been improving steadily over the day Monday, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s monitor in West Berkeley. As of noon, the rating was listed as moderate.
More than 7,000 PG&E customers in Berkeley remained without power Sunday night and relief may still be days away. A new blackout is set to begin Tuesday in Alameda County. Details are limited.
From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Clark Kerr resource center is open to anyone seeking refuge from the power outage.
By 1 a.m. Sunday, PG&E had reported 37 outages in Berkeley affecting nearly 6,800 customers. PG&E said it intends to begin restoration Monday morning.
PG&E says the planned outage will affect nearly 1 million customers in the state.
PG&E will cut power to more than 57,000 homes and businesses in Alameda County for more than two days beginning Saturday at 8 p.m., officials have announced.
City spokesman Matthai Chakko said about 7,000 PG&E customers in Berkeley — which by some estimates represents 21,000 people — could lose power this weekend in the shutoff. See the latest.