Firefighters climb to the roof to investigate cause of fire. Photo: Lance Knobel.

A rooftop fire at the apartment block on the corner of Haste and Telegraph drew a dramatic response from the Berkeley Fire Department. Five engines, two trucks and a total of 32 firefighters responded to the 3:19 p.m. alarm. The first firefighters were on the scene by 3:24 and the fire was knocked down at 4:11.

According to Assistant Chief Sabina Imrie a wooden door on the roof that led to the stairwell was on fire and producing a large amount of smoke. Fire department investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

The building was evacuated and there were no injuries reported. The fire department is assessing the building for any damage caused by the fire. The building has 39 apartment units.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...