House fire in Berkeley leads to evacuation of next door pet hospital

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A two-alarm fire in downtown Berkeley Tuesday morning prompted the evacuation of a pet hospital.

The fire broke out at a vacant home on Haste Street near Shattuck Avenue around 11:15 a.m., according to Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Donna McCracken.

The home is located next door to the Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital which was evacuated as a precaution.

The fire did not spread to the pet hospital and the animals were safely returned, McCracken said.

The flames caused heavy damage to the rear of the building, which also sustained major smoke and heat damage.

Investigators are trying to determine how the fire started.

There were no reports of injuries.