A Berkeley denim store damaged by a fire in the upstairs portion Wednesday morning remains open and is holding a sale to make up some of the losses, the store's general manager said today.
The fire was reported at about 4:20 a.m. at
Slash Denim, located
at 2840 College Ave., after employees at the 7-Eleven store across the street
reported seeing smoke there, Berkeley fire Acting Chief Gil Dong said Thursday.
Firefighters at first had trouble finding the source of the smoke
but eventually located fire smoldering on a windowsill and on the floor area
of the of the store, Dong said.
Firefighters controlled the fire by 5:09 a.m., according to the
Dong said that it caused about $10,000 in damage to the
building and he didn't know the extent of the property lost inside. There was
smoke damage throughout the second floor.
Dong said that the exact cause of the fire has not yet been
Slash general manager Julie Harleman said Thursday that the second
floor of the store remains closed but the first floor is open for business.
The store is holding a 25 percent-off sale to help make up for their losses.
She said about five people work at the store, which has operated
in that location for the last 25 years.
They are still determining the extent
of the damage to the store's inventory, and it's not clear when the second
floor will be able to reopen.
Their neighbor in the building, Global Exchange, was not affected
by the fire, Harleman said.
--By Bay City News