Small fire erupts at Berkeley art gallery

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A fire broke out an art gallery in Berkeley Wednesday morning and displaced two people who lived in a nearby cottage.

The one-alarm fire was reported at 3:23 a.m. at Gate 13 Art Gallery  — located at 813 Page St. in West Berkeley — and was put out by 4:08 a.m., according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Berkeley Assistant Fire Chief Donna McCracken told KTVU that the fire appears to have started on the building’s exterior and moved into a front rental cottage on the property which sustained moderate damage and resulted in the displacements.

Two firefighters sustained slight injuries from a Chihuaha named “Chuco,” who “kind of wigged out” while responding to the incident but they were not seriously injured, according to McCracken.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

According to Mercury News, responding firefighters were initially confused when they saw the tail of an airplane sticking out of the roof. They later realized that the tail was in fact part of an art exhibit.