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Fire Damages Berkeley's Good Shepherd Church

By Dan McMenamin (BCN) and Planet
Sunday October 21, 2012 - 10:57:00 AM

A two-alarm fire damaged the historic Good Shepherd Episcopal church in Berkeley on Saturday night, a fire dispatcher said. 

The blaze was reported at 10:19 p.m. at the church at 1823 Ninth St., according to the dispatcher. 

Firefighters responded and extinguished the fire at 11:36 p.m., the dispatcher said. 

No injuries were reported in connection with the fire, the dispatcher said. 

According to the Berkeley Architectural Heritage web site, "the Church of the Good Shepherd, situated on the corner of Ninth Street and Hearst Avenue, was the second landmark designated by the City of Berkeley. It is the oldest church building standing in Berkeley, as well as the oldest in continuous use by its founding congregation in the entire East Bay." 

The Gothic Revival church was constructed in 1878, the year in which the City of Berkeley was incorporated. The architect was Charles L. Bugbee.