1-alarm fire burns single-story home’s attic

A single-alarm fire scorched the attic of a Berkeley single-family home Wednesday,

The fire started in the attic of a one-story residence at 2900 King St. and was called in about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, according to Berkeley Fire Department Deputy Chief Avery Webb. Firefighters had to damage the roof and ceiling of the house to reach the fire inside. The fire took 22 minutes to control.

No injuries were reported, but Webb said the building suffered an estimated $50,000 in damages, both from the fire itself and from firefighters’ efforts to reach and extinguish the flames.

The fire’s cause is still under investigation, but it is believed to be accidental, Webb said, and possibly caused by sparks thrown off by workers remodeling the home.

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