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MEMO TO REPORTERS Re: Fatal house fire that claimed the life of UC Berkeley student Bradley Evans
29 Jan 2001

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl, who is traveling and away from the University of California, Berkeley, said word of Sunday's house fire reached him this morning. "This is such very tragic news. Our prayers are with Bradley Evans' family and friends. Such a loss is so hard for us all to comprehend, but we are enormously grateful that Oakland firefighters and neighbors responded so quickly and that the others in the house escaped grave injury."

Bradley Evans, 23, was a senior at UC Berkeley, majoring in psychology. He also worked for the UC Police Department as a community service officer, providing night security patrol and other services. The Evans family, of Newport Beach, will hold a memorial service for Bradley at 3:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 2) at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach in Orange County. UC Berkeley's flags will be lowered on Friday in honor of Bradley's memory.

Brent Steele, 23, who also was injured in the fire, remains in guarded but stable condition at Highland Hospital. Brent, a political economy of industrial societies major, completed his studies at UC Berkeley last fall. Brent and Bradley graduated together from Corona del Mar High School in Orange County.

Several other individuals were in the home at the time of the fire, but did not sustain significant injuries.

Chancellor Berdahl added that the campus's housing office and student health services stand ready to help any of the students who need assistance.