Massive Berkeley fire contained after six hours

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A four-alarm fire at an apartment building near the University of California at Berkeley has been contained more than six hours after the fire department first received reports of the blaze, a Berkeley fire chief said.

The fire at the four- or five-story building with 39 units on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street was first reported at 8:48 p.m. Friday night. It was contained at 3:19 a.m., Berkeley fire Chief Sabina Imrie
said.

The fire spread throughout the entire building and took hours to contain, Imrie said. The building has commercial space on the first floor and 39 residential units on the above floors.

Raleigh's Bar and Grill and Cafe Intermezzo are listed as businesses near the corner where the fire broke out Friday night.

Residents were evacuated and no injuries have been reported. No firefighters were injured, Imrie said.

Displaced residents who need assistance may call the Red Cross, who is providing alternative housing, at (510) 508-6172.

Several agencies assisted in tackling the fire, including firefighters from Alameda County, Alameda, Albany and Oakland, according to the fire chief.

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