BERKELEY -- A fire forced UC Berkeley students out of their co-op residence Tuesday night.

The fire broke was reported at 11:09 p.m. at Andres Castro Arms at 2310 Prospect St., Berkeley fire Battalion Chief Bill Kehoe said.

The blaze started in a paint storage area outside the main building but caused the evacuation of the co-op, which houses roughly 30 people, Kehoe said.

The fire "sounded impressive over the radio," he said. "It came in as exploding paint cans, and was most likely aerosol paint cans that heated up and exploded."

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene but residents used fire extinguishers to put out the flames before they arrived.

The building is a co-op residence. Co-ops are not administered by the University of California.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Bay City News contributed to this story.



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