The aftermath of this morning’s car fire on Derby St. A VW sedan parked in front of the burned car was also damaged. Photo: Sandy Friedland

Firefighters were called at around 9:50am this morning to attend to a car fire at Redwood Gardens on Derby Street in South Berkeley. Citizen reporter Sandy Friedland was on the scene and said the smoke caused by the blaze was dramatic.

Crews from Berkeley and Oakland went to tackle the fire that erupted in a BMW parked near trees and vegetation at around 9:45am on Thursday morning. According to Friedland, a VW sedan parked in front of the BMW that burned also caught fire. Firefighters were hosing down the pavement at around 10:30am.

The owner of BMW, who did not want to give his name, said he was loading clothes into the passenger side of the car, when fire erupted on the driver’s side and “the seat melted”, Friedland reported. “The car was not running. No one was burned, thank goodness,” she said.

The blaze erupted at about 9:45am on Thursday morning. Photo: Sandy Friedland
The BMW on fire caused dramatic amounts of smoke to erupt in the south Berkeley neighborhood. Photo: Sandy Friedland

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