The fire also heavily damaged Dorothée Mitrani's home.
A change in the weather forecast prompted PG&E to call off an expected power shutoff in the area, according to the county.
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.
Frustrated with the official handling, some people in the disability community organized their own emergency response efforts during recent blackouts.
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.
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.
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.
The warning affects areas above about 1,000 feet in elevation, which includes some of the Berkeley Hills.