The tree trunk blockades were installed in 2020 to prevent people from gathering and potentially sparking fires in the Berkeley and Oakland hills.
One occupant was reportedly trapped on the third floor, but was able to escape by a ladder.
The City Council will have to decide whether to change its restrictions on cottages and in-law units, or challenge the state.
Wednesday is the fire’s 31st anniversary. We produced a podcast looking back at the historic blaze that forever changed how the East Bay looks at wildfires.
Authorities say the men had more than 1,700 personal items that did not belong to them, including mail, checks and ID cards, as well as a gun and ammunition.
One neighbor told Berkeleyside she woke in the night to hear “firefighters chain sawing the roof down.”
The fire, in the 3000 block of Bateman (near Prince Street), appears to have started in the kitchen. There were no reported injuries.
Mary Shaplin, who was recovering from an illness, jumped into action when the roof of her neighbor’s adjoining house in downtown Berkeley caught fire more than a century ago.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and no firefighters were injured.
When Gary and I moved from Ithaca, New York, back to the Bay Area in 1990 and looked for a house, the threat of fire never crossed my mind.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Berkeley and the East Bay hills due to gusty offshore winds and dry conditions.
PG&E has not indicated it is planning to cut power during the wind event, but said plans could change.