Fire burns through Berkeley apartment complex


The fire at the five-story building with 39 units on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street was first reported at 8:48 p.m. Friday night. As of 12:15 a.m. this morning the fire had spread throughout the entire building and had not been contained, Berkeley fire Chief Sabina Imrie said.

A fire unit was at the scene by 8:56 p.m. and the fire progressed to a third-alarm fire by 9:07 p.m., Imrie said. Several local agencies have responded to the fire, including firefighters from Alameda County, Alameda, Albany and Oakland.

The building has commercial space on the first floor and 39 residential units on the other floors. Residents have been evacuated and any displaced residents who need assistance may call the Red Cross at (510) 508-6172.

No firefighter or other injuries have been reported as fire crews continue to tackle the fire the has spread and become a major fire, Imrie said.

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