1802 Bonita Avenue Berkeley
Fire November 17, 2014


Channel 7 News: Berkeley residents displaced by two-alarm fire: BERKELEY, Calif. -- Firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire that displaced at least seven people from a residence in Berkeleythis morning, the city's fire chief said. The fire was reported at 5:06 a.m. at 1802 Bonita Ave. near Delaware Street and was knocked down an hour later, Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong said. American Red Cross officials were at the scene this morning to assist the displaced residents, Dong said. He said fire investigators are trying to determine the cause and origin of the fire, which damaged the attic and roof of the building.

: "Firefighters are investigating whether a wall heater on the second floor caused the blaze, according to KTVU news. The official estimate of the number of people affected by the blaze has gone from seven to 15 over the course of a few hours. When fire officials first arrived, they were told there were seven residents, according to Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb. The owner of the building then told officials that 12 people lived in the home. But an investigation by the fire marshal now suggests that as many as 15 people were in the house when the fire broke out, said Webb. “This is a converted residence and apparently there are people everywhere,” said Webb. “Whether people were ‘officially’ living here or not is in question.” “It is not unusual to have large residences converted for multiple occupancy in a university town,” said Webb."

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