Man found dead from fire at West Berkeley home

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Berkeley Fire Department, or BFD, received a report of a fire in a home on the 1700 block of Eighth Street, according to BFD spokesperson Keith May.

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On Wednesday evening, a man was found dead in a house after heavy smoke and flames resulted in a roof collapse.

At 8:22 p.m., Berkeley Fire Department, or BFD, received a report of a fire in a home on the 1700 block of Eighth Street, according to BFD spokesperson Keith May.

The first unit arrived on the scene minutes later at 8:26 p.m., noticing smoke and flames spreading on three sides of the structure and the home’s interior, May said. Shortly after a second alarm was called, the roof collapsed and BFD was unable to enter the building amid these “unsafe and untenable” conditions, May added.

By 9:28 p.m., the fire was under control and contained to the initial site as BFD was able to protect the homes on either side of the structure that caught fire, May said. 

During the preliminary search, BFD found a fatality in the building, according to May. The fire scene was turned over to Berkeley Police Department, which is currently conducting an investigation. 

As of Thursday morning, the cause of the fire was not yet determined, as the process is extensive and includes searching through debris, May said.

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