The Berkeley Fire Department and Berkeley Police Department responded to a fire that broke out on the roof of 2216 Blake Street Wednesday morning.
The two departments received calls regarding a fire emerging from the roof of the house at 11:55 a.m., according to Abe Roman, the acting deputy fire chief of the Berkeley Fire Department, or BFD. The fire department dispatched four fire engines, one battalion chief, one ladder truck and one ambulance, Roman added.
No injuries were reported and emergency personnel is still investigating the cause of the fire, according to Roman. BFD declared the fire as “under control” by 12:43 p.m., according to department spokesperson Byron White.
The house and several nearby buildings were fully evacuated after emergency personnel arrived, according to Berkeley Police Department officer Brandon Smith.
Clusters of people — including residents of the house, neighbors and plumbers who were working outside when the fire began — stood across the street from the house as smoke continued to billow from the roof and firefighters hosed down the fire.
By approximately 12:50 p.m., Smith said residents of some buildings were allowed to return to their homes. However, residents from the house and 2212 Blake Street, an apartment building directly beside the house, were told to remain outside.