Berkeley Fire Department responds to residential fire on Blake Street


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The Berkeley Fire Department, or BFD, is actively responding to a residential fire, according to BFD spokesperson Officer Keith May.

The fire — located on the 2000 block of Blake Street — has also affected power lines in the area, according to a Nixle Alert released early Tuesday afternoon. As emergency personnel are responding, the alert recommends that people stay away from the region encompassed by Blake Street, Shattuck Avenue, Parker Street and Milvia Street. No injuries have been reported.

According to May, BFD received a 911 call Tuesday at about 12:04 p.m., reporting a structure was on fire.

The first unit arrived at the scene at about 12:06 p.m. They reported that a two-story structure was aflame and that nearby structures were threatened.

Soon after, two more structures in the region were ignited, including one single story building and one three-story building.

No injuries have been reported, and all residents were out of the buildings. Both “exposure fires” have since been extinguished.

Firefighters have not been able to enter the original building; however, they are still working to prevent the spread of the fire.

“The Red Cross is on the scene assisting with residents who have been displaced. It is too early to determine a cause of the fire or adequately assess the damage,” May said in an email. “This is still an active scene.”

Check back for updates. 

Mallika Seshadri is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @SeshadriMallika.