A three-alarm fire that broke out Friday afternoon near the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Blake Street displaced eight residents and damaged three apartments.
Berkeley Fire Department began receiving reports about the fire at 2:12 p.m. and reported it was under control at 2:54 p.m., according to Battalion Chief Paul Cavagnaro. The fire tore through a two-story building that contains commercial space on its ground floor and residential space on its second floor. Individuals within the building evacuated without reported injury.
The ground floor of the building houses a barber shop and an unoccupied commercial unit. Although the cause and origin of the fire are currently under investigation, Cavagnaro said the fire likely started on the ground floor.
The three damaged apartments are “not livable,” he said, but the American Red Cross coordinated temporary living arrangements for the displaced residents. The barber shop suffered only minor water damage, and firefighters salvaged most of the items in the shop.
Acting Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb said the first firefighters to arrive at the scene saw burning debris on the ground — which might have started the fire — between the building and an adjacent business. The adjacent business, an appliance store, was not damaged during the fire due to a cinder block wall between it and the flames.