2 displaced, 1 hurt in house fire on Woolsey in South Berkeley
The cause of the two-alarm fire remains under investigation, the Berkeley Fire Department said. The initial damage estimate was $250,000.
One person was taken to the hospital Monday night after a fire broke out in a three-story home on Woolsey Street in South Berkeley, authorities report.
The cause of the two-alarm fire remains under investigation, the Berkeley Fire Department said.
The fire broke out on the third floor of the home, on Woolsey at Ellis Street, and was reported at 7:10 p.m., said BFD.
Two people were home at the time of the fire, BFD said.
One of them was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and burns to the feet.
The Berkeley Scanner has asked the Berkeley Fire Department for additional details and hopes to update this report.
Update, 2:30 p.m. The Berkeley Fire Department has shared some additional details about the fire, including that both occupants were displaced.
Interim Deputy Fire Chief Keith May said arriving fire crews spotted one of the home's occupants on the third floor of the building.
As firefighters were working to rescue him, he managed to escape from the building using a painter's ladder.
The man suffered minor injuries and mild smoke inhalation and was taken to a local hospital, May said.
Firefighters cut a ventilation hole in the home's roof to help put out the fire.
BFD said it is "too early to assess property damage."
May said the owner had a place to go and the other occupant was taken to the emergency room.
The Scanner has asked BFD for more information when it is available.