Two Berkeley fire engines were in attendance at around 8:00pm Wednesday in the 2900 block of Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood due to a report that smoke was pouring out of the windows of a white van parked at the corner of Piedmont and Ashby.

Firefighters used axes to break windows as well as the lock on the rear doors of the van, after which point more smoke billowed out and a water-like liquid could be seen pouring from the bottom of the van. Traffic on Ashby was not disrupted due to the incident.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...