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Crews extinguish 1-acre vegetation fire in Tilden Park

At least five fire companies responded to a vegetation fire that broke out before sunrise in the Berkeley-Oakland hills Sunday. According to Avery Webb, interim fire chief of the Berkeley Fire Department, its communications center received a report of a vegetation fire west of the Tilden Park Steam Train at 5:45 a.m. Sunday. Berkeley Fire responded, along […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fire

2-alarm fire in Berkeley causes $350,000 in damage

A North Berkeley house fire early Monday caused approximately $350,000 in damage and left the home uninhabitable, officials said. The Berkeley Fire Department received a call at 5:38 a.m. about the fire, in a two-story home in the 1300 block of Delaware Street, between Franklin and Chestnut streets, said Avery Webb, deputy fire chief. Webb said […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Fire

Update: Cyclist hurt, 5 elevator rescues in Berkeley power outage caused by PG&E equipment failure

Update, 3:30 p.m. PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said Friday afternoon that the company has identified the cause of Tuesday’s power outage as an equipment failure during testing at an East Bay substation. Sarkissian said she learned Friday that the outage actually originated at a substation in El Cerrito, not in Berkeley as had previously been reported by […]

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Berkeley first responders rescue woman from marina

Berkeley emergency responders rescued a woman from the water at the Berkeley Marina early in the morning on Sunday, Jan. 11. At 5:32 a.m., Berkeley’s emergency communication center received a report of someone in the water at the Berkeley Pier yelling for help, according to Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb. Both Berkeley police and firefighters responded. Webb […]

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15 displaced after early-morning fire in North Berkeley

A fire broke out at 1802 Bonita Ave. near Delaware Street around 5:06 a.m. Monday morning, displacing 15 people living in various rooms. No-one was injured in the blaze, which sent huge flames shooting above the white, three-story Victorian-style house. “When crews arrived they found fire and smoke coming from the third story,” said Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong. […]