The three-story house that caught fire in the late morning of Feb. 6 is in the 1100 block of Keith Ave. Photo: Kelly Walter

Update, 9:09 p.m. Firefighters say a portable heater caused the residential fire on Keith Avenue. Read about it on Berkeleyside.

Update, 2:10 p.m. According to emergency scanner traffic, the incident was determined to be under control as of just after 2 p.m. Berkeleyside will update this post as more information becomes available.

Original post, 12:42 p.m. Berkeley Fire crews are working to put out a fire in a north Berkeley home in the hills that began just before noon, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to the 1100 block of Keith Avenue at 11:47 a.m. for a report of a structure fire, said Interim Fire Chief Gil Dong.

The smoke plume from a home on fire on Keith Ave. Photo: John Russell

Crews found a three-story home on fire when they arrived, said Dong, with heavy fire coming from the second and third floors.

He said no injuries had been reported, as of about 12:30 p.m.

No cause has been determined, as firefighters are still engaged in knocking down the blaze, he said.

A thick black cloud of billowing smoke could be seen from many vantage points around Berkeley.

Berkeley interim Fire Chief Gil Dong said crews were battling heavy fire coming from the second and third floors. Photo: Robert Mathews
The Keith Avenue fire seen from a jet over the Bay, around 12:20 today. Photo: Daniel Cullen

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...