Fire at a West Berkeley homeless encampment causes injury

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The Berkeley Fire Department, or BFD, responded to a fire Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at a homeless encampment located in West Berkeley.

BFD crew members arrived at 1:09 p.m., according to BFD spokesperson Officer Keith May in an email. The crew members found a tent on fire and a female resident with moderate to severe leg burns.

May added that the fire was extinguished quickly and the resident was transported to a burn center in San Francisco for further treatment. The tent and belongings of the resident were destroyed by the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown, according to May.

The homeless encampment is located near the westbound Interstate 80 exit ramp between the exit ramp and West Frontage Road, across the street from Seabreeze Market, May said in the email.

The freeway offramp was closed by the California Highway Patrol while BFD crews extinguished the fire and treated the resident.

Check back for updates.

Thao Nguyen is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @tnguyen_dc.