BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Firefighters battled a six-alarm fireplace Saturday night at an residence constructing below building close to the College of California campus.
The blaze was reported shortly earlier than 6 p.m. and was situated in an residence constructing below building and believed to be unoccupied within the 2000 block of College Avenue, two blocks west of the Cal campus.
Initially designated as a two-alarm blaze, Berkeley firefighters finally upgraded the incident to a six-alarm fireplace, receiving mutual support from departments in neighboring Oakland, Piedmont, Emeryville, Albany and El Cerrito. The Alameda County Fireplace Division additionally assisted.
“We are able to deal with two-alarms, in order that places all of our 7 engines, 2 truck corporations, 2 ambulance corporations and command employees to work,” stated Berkeley Fireplace Division Assistant Chief Keith Could. “However due to the dimensions of it, and the constructing and the exposures, we needed to name in for added sources.”
Residents in neighboring residence buildings have been evacuated as a precaution. Berkeley fireplace officers stated not one of the current buildings ended up being broken by the fireplace. There are not any experiences of accidents.
Many stood on road corners watching firefighters battle the flame. Amongst them was Max Levine.
“It’s apocalyptic man, apocalypitc, that’s all I can say,” he instructed KPIX 5. “I’ve by no means seen something like this on College earlier than however once we noticed these vehicles and all this water aiming up there, that is like nothing I’ve ever seen in downtown Berkeley.”
Liam Levine was simply grateful for the firefighters efforts.
“If firefighters are watching this, thanks,” he stated.
Could instructed Berkeleyside that staff had been on the building web site till 5 p.m. doing concrete and carpentry work.
The scene captured on social media confirmed crews working as flames shot from home windows and the roof of the multi-story constructing.
Berkeley Fireplace and mutual support have contained 6-alarm fireplace at College Avenue residence constructing, however nonetheless pouring tons of water on it. Will probably be awaiting hotspots all through the evening @KPIXtv @elferoz34 pic.twitter.com/eTpnxWlKcd
— Betty Yu (@BettyKPIX) November 22, 2020
Crews have been capable of contained the fireplace by 8:45 p.m. Firefighters continued to pour water on the smoldering particles and have been to remain on scene in a single day placing out scorching spots.
Highway closures on College Avenue prolonged to Martin Luther King Jr. Solution to the west and Oxford Avenue to the east.
The reason for the fireplace remained below investigation.
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