2-alarm fire burns building in downtown Berkeley

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A fire in downtown Berkeley is producing a lot of smoke near an apartment building downtown. (Twitter/@BDavisAAS)

A two-alarm fire at a commercial building in downtown Berkeley Saturday afternoon has been extinguished, a deputy fire chief said.

Firefighters responded at 3:43 p.m. and found a fire burning in a retail structure with two addresses, 2111 and 2115 University Ave. The fire had started outside of the back of the building and then spread inside, Deputy Fire Chief Donna McCracken said.

Crews eventually extinguished the fire by about 5:30 p.m. No civilians were injured but a firefighter suffered a minor arm injury, McCracken said.

A nearby apartment building was evacuated during the fire response. The residents remained outside the building as of 6:45 p.m. but will be allowed back in later today, according to McCracken.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and a damage estimate was not immediately available, she said.
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