Fire on UC Berkeley Campus Forces Evacuation

By Bay City News
Thursday March 01, 2012 - 05:35:00 PM

A small fire at the University of California at Berkeley this morning forced the evacuation of Etcheverry Hall, fire officials said. 

Occupants of the fifth and sixth floors of the hall at 2521 Hearst St. reported seeing smoke and flames at 10:06 a.m., Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong said. 

Berkeley firefighters responded, but there was minimal damage and any investigation was turned over to the campus fire marshal, Dong said.  

"It wasn't that big. We were just trying to find it and get an exact location. There were reports on two different floors so there was trouble finding it," Dong said. 

Campus officials said today that equipment being used for remodeling work sent sparks flying to ceiling tiles on the floor below, and one started smoldering. 

The building was expected to be cleared for re-occupancy by mid-day today.