Berkeley Fire Department and Alameda County Fire Department responded to the Hearst Food Court at 2505 Hearst Ave. on Thursday afternoon after BFD received a report of a transformer that was blown out and on fire at the address.
BFD spokesperson Deputy Fire Chief Dave Brannigan said fire crews arrived at the food court shortly after receiving a report of a fire 12:54 p.m. and searched the neighboring buildings, finding a piece of electrical equipment that had shorted out — but no signs of a fire. Brannigan added that BFD had called and was waiting on PG&E to fix the broken equipment.
The commotion from a number of responding fire trucks at or near the scene caused minor traffic delays on Hearst Avenue. According to Brannigan, BFD also received reports of fire alarms that had been set off in Eshleman Hall and International House at the same time as the reported fire at 2505 Hearst Ave., resulting in a number of fire department vehicles passing through the area.