A massive fire in Berkeley Saturday night destroyed several businesses, caused power outages, and both train service and traffic delays, reports KGO-TV San Francisco.
By 11 p.m. Saturday, the fire at 2nd St. and Hearst Ave. was contained but not out and crews were still on the scene. The 40,000-square foot building that caught fire was home to several businesses including Import Tile, The Wooden Duck, Joshua Tree, and Thriving Lifestyle. The latter three businesses were completely destroyed.
The fire, which knocked out power to surrounding buildings, prompted evacuations of nearby businesses and residents.
“We went to three alarms with Berkeley Fire Department and we went through three additional alarms within the county,” explained Assistant Fire Chief Abe Ramon.
“So we have anywhere from Alameda City, Alameda County, Oakland I believe, and multiple agencies throughout Alameda County came to help us, along with counties from Cotra Costa County that came and assisted us, to staff our station,” he continued.
The owner of Joshua Tree made the initial call to the fire department. The fight began with a mad dash to make sure there were no people inside the buildings. Officials say it did help that the fire occurred on a weekend because many people were not there.
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