Police said they did not suspect anything amiss until a hospital toxicology test showed drugs in the child’s urine.
A patchwork of city, university and regional projects adds up to millions of dollars’ worth of wildfire safety work on the horizon for Berkeley.
Fire detection is leaps and bounds ahead of where it was. Some of the strategies of the last century, like fuel breaks, remain the same, however. But safety advocates warn the risk may be even higher.
The East Bay had already lost businesses to poor water systems by 1923. When the fire struck, residents turned on their hoses to find no water coming out. Afterward some businesses offered relief as others sought to cash in.
A Fire Ready Fest and test of the city’s outdoor warning system will mark the centennial of the catastrophic fire of 1923.
The blaze of Sept. 17, 1923, caught Berkeley firefighters completely unprepared, leaving nearly 4,000 homeless before a change in wind stopped it at the edge of downtown. Fire experts warn that a fire just as bad — or worse — could happen today.
Deadly and destructive fires, one on the heels of another, forced a statewide gut-check in disaster preparedness. The city is trying to figure out how evacuations will work with new development and changing infrastructure.
How do you protect your property? How has guidance changed? What help is available? What if you rent? What do you need to know about fire insurance?
The Berkeley Fire Department will declare “Extreme Fire Weather” due to forecasted high winds and low humidity on the highest-risk Red Flag days.
Residents said they found a strip of gasoline next to the building at the time of the first fire on July 19 and police said there was a strong smell of gas at the second fire on July 25.
Residents at the home attached to the free store were not injured.
Officials asked residents to help prevent injuries and forest fires by foregoing fireworks entirely, particularly in the Berkeley Hills, where fires can spread especially quickly.