Berkeley Fire Causes University Apartment Building Evacuation

By Hannah Albarazi (BCN)
Thursday March 20, 2014 - 02:15:00 PM

The residents of a five-story apartment building in Berkeley were evacuated early this morning when an exterior debris fire was reported, a deputy fire chief said. 

Just after 2 a.m., the Berkeley Fire Department received a report of a blaze burning between two buildings on University Avenue just east of San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley fire Deputy Chief Avery Webb said. 

The five-story apartment building was evacuated when a fire alarm sounded and an exterior sprinkler was activated, according to Webb. 

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and allowed residents to return to their apartments at about 3:30 a.m., Webb said. 

One person received medical attention at the scene for smoke inhalation and was promptly released, according to the deputy fire chief. 

Webb said only minimal property damage was reported and the cause of the debris fire remains under investigation.