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Posted inCrime & Safety

‘Suspicious package’ shuts down Public Safety Building

Berkeley authorities were on alert Wednesday afternoon after a suspicious package appeared at the Public Safety Building, which houses the police and fire departments, authorities said. The Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team and the Police Department’s Bomb Squad were sent to investigate the package, said Deputy Fire Chief Donna McCracken, at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fires

Large truck overturns in Berkeley Hills; driver extricated

A large truck hauling sand in the North Berkeley Hills overturned Thursday afternoon, and bystanders had to extricate the driver, who was taken to the hospital, authorities said. Deputy Fire Chief Donna McCracken said the truck had been hauling sand while driving down Glendale Avenue when it “lost its brakes” around 1:30 p.m. In an emergency […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Fires

Berkeley first responders join parade in Dublin, Ireland

Members of the Berkeley Police and Berkeley Fire departments traveled to Ireland last week at the invitation of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who wished to thank the first responders for the way they handled the tragic balcony collapse at 2020 Kittredge St. on June 16, that killed six and injured seven students, most of them Irish. […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fires

Berkeley Fire responds to blaze at central Berkeley home

Firefighters responded to a house fire in the early hours of Sunday in the 2500 block of Grant Street, at Blake Street, in central Berkeley. It caused an estimated $250,000 worth of damage to the structure and contents, forced the relocation of the home’s single occupant, and has left the man’s cat missing. According to Interim Deputy […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fires

2-alarm fire strikes Berkeley home by animal hospital

Authorities are responding to a house fire on Haste Street in Berkeley, between Fulton Street and Shattuck Avenue. The Berkeley Police Department has closed the road between Ellsworth Street and Shattuck and is asking people to avoid the area. Scroll down for dramatic photos and video from the scene, and updates. Berkeleyside began getting reports about […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fires

Man killed in fire after Berkeley firefighters were blocked from entering because house was crammed with stuff

A 78-year-old Berkeley man was killed in a fire Sunday morning and he might have died because he hoarded so much stuff that firefighters could not enter his home, according to officials. The Fire Department was notified of a blaze in a home at 2817 Acton St. between Oregon and Russell streets at 4:47 a.m. […]