Fire breaks out at Southside apartment building Thursday morning

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Flames and smoke billow from the six-unit apartment building at 2227 Dwight Way.


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MARCH 08, 2012

UPDATE: At around 7:50 a.m., the main body of the fire that broke out at a three-story apartment building near the intersection of Dwight Way and Ellsworth Street early Thursday morning had been put out, according to Gil Dong, deputy fire chief for Berkeley Fire Department. The department declared the fire under control at 8:05 a.m.

The fire, which struck a six-unit apartment building at 2227 Dwight Way, was called in to Berkeley Fire Department at 4:13 a.m., according to Dong.

According to Dong, upon arriving at the scene, firefighters attempted interior firefighting but were prevented by the amount of fire present in the building. They then moved on to exterior fire suppression, according to Dong.

All residents of the building were evacuated and have been accounted for, and there have been no recorded injuries to firefighters or civilians, according to Dong.

Dong said the fire has burned through the building’s three floors and that the roof has collapsed.

Dwight is currently blocked off between Ellsworth and Fulton Street.

Residents of four buildings near 2227 Dwight have also been evacuated.

Dong said firefighters do not yet know the cause of the fire.

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MARCH 08, 2012