Three people were taken to the hospital, and firefighters had to rescue several tenants from an apartment building, after a fire broke out in Southside Berkeley early in the morning of Sunday, May 31.
According to Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong, a fire at 2510 Regent St. (at Dwight Way) was called in at 2:54 a.m. While firefighters were en route to the incident, reports came in that occupants were jumping from a balcony with people still inside the building, Chief Dong said. On arrival, the response was upgraded to a two-alarm fire.
Once on scene, crews had to deal with heavy fire and smoke coming out a third-story apartment unit balcony, Dong said. There was fire lapping up to the fourth floor, and three of the building’s occupants were injured, he continued. They were transported to the Bothin Burn Center at the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, and to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley.
Firefighters also rescued three tenants on the fourth floor of the building.
The Red Cross was called in to provide canteen service and assistance to displaced residents.
The structure at 2510 Regent St. is a four-story apartment building with 11 units. The fire caused approximately $100,000 worth of structural damage and $20,000 in content loss, as estimated by BFD.
The fire is still under investigation.