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.”
Emergency personnel respond to an explosion and fire at an apartment which blew the windows out of both sides of a unit, in Berkeley, on March 16, 2018. A woman ran out of the apartment with one-foot high flames on top of her hair, a witness said. Photos by David Yee ©2018 pic.twitter.com/V3hq6jSCqx
— David Yee (@Yeegeefoto) March 16, 2018
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, May told Berkeleyside.
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