BERKELEY (CBS SF) — A fire reported at a homeless encampment in West Berkeley late Monday morning has been extinguished, according to officials.
The fire sent up a billowing column of smoke that could be seen along Interstate 80.READ MORE: COVID Lockdown Stress Leads to Spike in Opioid Overdose Deaths
The fire was burning at an encampment just west of I-80 near the University off-ramp, fire officials said.
The California Highway Patrol said the University off-ramp from westbound I-80 was closed as firefighters battled the fire.
Smoke and flames could be seen from Interstate 80 at University Ave in Berkeley this morning as a homeless encampment caught fire. #Berkeley fire quickly extinguished the flames. #kpixnews pic.twitter.com/UukAAXanzLREAD MORE: Bay Area Officials Ponder Easing Indoor Mask Requirements in Wake of New CDC Guidance
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Assistant Berkeley Fire Chief Keith May told Berkeleyside that is was too soon to say what caused the fire at the encampment near the Seabreeze market, and that three engines were at the scene because there are no hydrants in the area.
The fire was reported at 10:49 a.m. and the first engine arrived at 10:56 a.m., May told Berkeleyside.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Bear Climbs Down From Tree Near Downtown San Anselmo Following Shelter-in-Place
Berkeley firefighters were able to extinguish the flames a short time later.