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Berkeley 3-Alarm Fire Possibly Caused By Propane Tank

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Berkeley firefighters.  (Credit: Deputy Chief Gil Dong - Berkeley Fire)

Berkeley firefighters. (Credit: Deputy Chief Gil Dong – Berkeley Fire)

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BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Firefighters were battling a three-alarm fire at a residence in the Elmwood neighborhood of Berkeley Wednesday morning, according to a fire dispatcher.

The fire in the 2900 block of Benvenue Avenue, located near the intersection with Ashby Avenue, was reported to fire officials at 12:18 a.m., the fire dispatcher said.

Firefighters were still on the scene as of 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

KCBS’ Jeffrey Schaub Reports:

Firefighters reported that the occupants of the single-family home were able to escape from the house uninjured.  A wheelchair-bound woman was helped out of the residence by firefighters.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, however the initial reports indicate that it may have been cause by a propane tank in the rear of the house, the fire dispatcher said.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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