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Six alarm fires at the Berkeley building under construction on University Ave.



A large fire burned in a building in downtown Berkeley on Saturday night, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to six alarms shortly before 6:30 p.m. on 2067 University Avenue, the Berkeley Police Department said.

The building was under construction.

The fire spread to a nearby apartment building that was to be evacuated, said Dave Branigan, a spokesman for the Berkeley Fire Department. Firefighters managed to stop the fire from causing significant damage to the building.

“We stopped this pretty quickly,” he said.

Around 9:30 p.m., the fire was contained in the original building where it began, but it continues to burn and will likely smolder overnight, Branigan said.

Firefighters put out six alarm fires at a Berkeley building under construction on University Ave.  Saturday, November 21, 2020 in Berkeley, California.

“It will probably be a long night,” he added.

The cause of the fire has not been determined yet.

University Avenue was closed between Milvia Street and Shattuck Avenue.

No injuries were reported.

The PG & E outage map shows that about 250 customers were without electricity nearby, although it is not clear whether the outages were related to the fire.

Sarah Ravani is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: sravani@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SarRavani




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