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Roof Fire at Haste and Telegraph Leaves Intersection Blocked

By Jeffrey Butterfield
Daily Cal Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Category: News > City > Crime

A fire burned the roof of an apartment building at the intersection of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue Tuesday.

Update: The intersection was cleared of fire engines and police tape by 5:20 p.m.

The intersection of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street remained blocked off until at least 4:45 p.m. after Berkeley Fire Department firefighters extinguished a small fire on the roof of a multistory apartment complex on Southside this afternoon.

Five engines, two fire trucks and 32 members of the department arrived at the intersection at about 3:24 p.m. following the sounding of a fire alarm in the building at about 3:19 p.m. Firefighters had extinguished the fire on the roof of the Sequoia Apartment building - located above Raleigh's Bar and Grill and Cafe Intermezzo on the Telegraph side - by 4:11 p.m, according to Sabina Imrie, the department's assistant chief of special operations. No one was hurt.

According to Imrie, a wood-plank door on the roof caught fire, though further details regarding the cause of the fire are currently under investigation by the department.

Imrie said the entire building of about 39 apartments was evacuated after the fire created a lot of smoke in the stairwells of the apartment. Employees from Raleigh's and Intermezzo were also evacuated, they said at the scene.

Emma Anderson and Sarah Springfield of The Daily Californian contributed to this report.

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