Fire breaks out behind old Ace Hardware building Monday evening

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Updated 7/10/18: This article has been updated to reflect information from BFD spokesperson Keith May.

A fire broke out behind the old Ace Hardware building on the 2100 block of University Avenue on Monday evening about 10:11 p.m. Berkeley Fire Department was on the scene at about 10:15 p.m., and the fire was under control as of 10:32 p.m., according to BFD spokesperson Keith May.

As of 10:45 p.m., people were standing outside, and the fire appeared to be contained. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

According to May, a 20-by-200-foot storage shed behind the old Ace Hardware building was consumed by the fire. Additionally, there was some heat damage to an adjacent brick building, a staircase and an apartment building next to the structure.

May stated that the fire was most likely caused by an open flame ignition, possibly by a homeless individual who was known to be residing in that vicinity.

The fire is still under investigation.

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