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Substantial Fire Destroys Historic Berkeley Building, Displaces Dozens

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[photo by Tracey Taylor via Berkeleyside]

The historic Sequoia Apartment building at 2441 Haste Street in Berkeley experienced a devastating fire that started on Friday night and burned for most of the day Saturday. At present time, an estimated seventy residents were displaced and the five-story, 39-unit building will likely have to be demolished soon. Deputy fire chief for the Berkeley Fire Department Gil Dong said that this is the largest fire he can remember in the Berkeley area since the Easy Bay Hills fire in 1991. He went on to say that the intersection at Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street will be closed for at least a week. The Associated Students of the University of California is organizing a Donation Drive for those displaced by the fire, as many of the residents of The Sequoia Apartments were students. Visit the ASUC Donation Drive Facebook page for details.
· “Largest fire since 1991? leaves many locals homeless [Berkeleyside]
· Fire breaks out at apartment building on Telegraph Avenue [The Daily Cal]
· Massive Fire Displaces Dozens, Destroys Historic Sequoia Building In Berkeley [SFist]