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Occupants Ousted by Friday Fire on Shattuck Still Unable to Return

Nine people, a business and a cat displaced by a fire on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley Friday were still unable to return today, a Berkeley fire official said.

A 3-alarm fire at this building on the northwest corner of Shattuck Avenue and Blake Street in Berkeley on Jan. 10, 2014 displaced nine people and a business. Photo: Google maps
A 3-alarm fire at this building on the northwest corner of Shattuck Avenue and Blake Street in Berkeley on Jan. 10, 2014 displaced nine people and a business. Photo: Google maps

By Sasha Lekach, Bay City News Service

Nine residents and a cat who were displaced in a three-alarm fire in downtown Berkeley last Friday have not yet been able to return to their homes, the Berkeley fire deputy chief said today, Monday.

The fire was reported at 2:24 p.m. at a two-story building in the 2500 block of Shattuck Avenue, according to Berkeley fire Deputy Chief Avery Webb.

Webb said there were eight units in the upper part of the building and two business spaces on the ground floor with only one occupied as a hair and beauty supply store.

The MG Enchanez Hair Shop is listed at that location.

The store also remains closed today, he said.

Residents who were home when the fire broke out were able to get out of the house safely before firefighters arrived, he said.

One resident was "very distraught" until firefighters brought a cat safely out of the building, Webb said.

Crews had the fire under control at 2:54 p.m., he said.

It appears the fire started outside the building in a gap next to the neighboring edifice.

There was a build up of debris in the space and someone had dropped a cigarette butt in between the buildings, which ignited the blaze, Webb said.

It is being considered an accident, he said.

The fire caused $75,000 of damage to the building and led to the damage of $25,000 of contents, he said.

Most of the damage was on the north side of the building.

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Mary January 14, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Someone dropped a cigarette but between the buildings, and that is considered an accident? At the very least, I would call it a crime of negligence. Unfortunately the person responsible willl never be identified or caught.

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