Early morning fire in West Berkeley deemed arson

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A fire broke out in a vacant West Berkeley building Wednesday morning.

According to Gil Dong, deputy fire chief for Berkeley Fire Department, the fire broke out in a building used for residential and commercial purposes at 833 Bancroft Way in West Berkeley. The department received a call reporting the fire at 4:02 a.m., Dong said.

According to Dong, when firefighters arrived at the scene, they had to force their way into the building, where they discovered multiple areas in flames.

The fire was upped to two-alarm status at around 4:13 a.m. and was considered under control by 4:59 a.m., Dong said.

The building incurred an estimated $15,000 in damages, according to Dong, but no firefighters or civilians were injured.

The fire was determined to have been set intentionally, and the fire department is currently working with Berkeley Police Department, Dong said.

Sarah Burns is the assistant city news editor.