Explosion in West Berkeley apartment sends woman to hospital

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An explosion in a West Berkeley apartment sent a woman to the hospital with moderate injuries Friday afternoon, as first reported by Berkeleyside.

Berkeley Fire Department was called to the apartment building at 1213 San Pablo Ave. about 1:30 p.m., BFD Assistant Chief of Special Operations Keith May told Berkeleyside. The explosion blew out windows in at least one room, and firefighters who arrived on the scene extinguished a small fire, resulting in an estimated $2,000 worth of damage.

The woman burned in the explosion was taken to Highland Hospital to treat moderate injuries, according to Berkeleyside. According to a tweet from photojournalist David Yee, a witness saw the woman run out of the apartment with “one-foot high flames on top of her hair.”

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, May told Berkeleyside.

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Sydney Fix is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @sydney_fix.