Berkeley Fire Department extinguished a fire that broke out at a West Berkeley homeless encampment Sunday evening, according to Berkeleyside.
The fire department was first notified of the fire at about 5:15 p.m. after a Berkeley Police Department officer noticed smoke rising from the encampment area, according to Berkeleyside. Piles of garbage allegedly caught on fire at the homeless encampment, which is located at Second and Page streets.
No nearby structures were damaged by the fire, according to Berkeleyside.
Mayor Jesse Arreguín said in a tweet Sunday night that under the city’s proposed homeless encampment policy, fires can result in the removal of an encampment. If the policy is passed, the city would be able to remove a homeless encampment if public safety concerns arise.
Thank you to Berkeley Fire for quickly responding to this fire. Fires would be a cause to remove an encampment under our new policy. We need to balance compassion with protecting public safety. https://t.co/1F0taMflfD
— Jesse Arreguin (@JesseArreguin) April 23, 2018
“We need to balance compassion with protecting public safety,” Arreguín said in the tweet.
BFD could not be reached for comment as of press time.