Flames from a house fire on the 1400 block of Curtis St. Photo: Veronica Tien.
Flames from a house fire in the 1400 block of Curtis Street. Photo: Veronica Tien

By Julia Hannafin

A fire in the 1400 block of Curtis Street has burned at least 70% of a home’s interior, according to Interim Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb. The Berkeley Fire Department received reports of the structure fire at 10:18 a.m. Tuesday, and a single-alarm assignment was sent to handle it.

The fire started on the lower level of the two-story building, and caused significant damage to the lower, second and attic levels, causing firefighters to have to open up the roof. Initial reports that several people were trapped inside turned out to be false, and no one was injured.

The fire is under control, and the investigation to figure out the cause and estimated property damage is underway. Webb said there were no theories on the cause of the fire yet.

“All of us neighbors are deeply shaken, and our hearts go out to the family,” wrote Barbara Tien in an email alerting Berkeleyside to the fire.

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