Five people were displaced by a fire that broke out on the 2900 block of Benvenue Avenue early Wednesday morning.
The Berkeley Fire Department responded to the scene after the three-alarm fire at a two-story single-family residence at 2924 Benvenue Ave. was reported at 12:19 a.m., according to Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong.
Early on in the incident, flames could be seen shooting through the roof of the building, which suffered a partial roof collapse as a result of the fire. Firefighters could be seen hosing down the exterior of the building as well as working inside.
By around 2:15 a.m. the fire appeared to be under control, although firefighters were still working to secure hotspots inside, Dong said. The fire was declared under control at 2:30 a.m.
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. Dong said the cause of the fire was still under investigation Wednesday morning.
“The damage is estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” he said in an email. “The house is not inhabitable.”
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Adelyn Baxter is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected]
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