Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 42 / 19 October 2017
 

4-alarm fire in the Castro displaces 7

A four-alarm fire swept through a building in the Castro early Thursday, displacing seven people.

(San Francisco firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze in the Castro early Thursday. Photo: SFFD via Twitter)

(San Francisco firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze in the Castro early Thursday. Photo: SFFD via Twitter)

According to media reports, the fire broke out at about 12:17 a.m. San Francisco Fire Department Lieutenant Jonathan Baxter said the fire affected 25, 27, 29, and 31 Hattie Street. It quickly went to four alarms, and was under control by about 2 a.m. Three buildings were affected as one shares an address, Baxter said.

Baxter said that during the fire there were 38 fire department apparatuses and 120 firefighters on the scene.

Baxter said that four firefighters suffered injures; one suffered a possible fractured wrist and was transported to a hospital; the other three were treated at the scene.

The Red Cross was offering assistance to those displaced.

Baxter said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The San Francisco Examiner reported – and Baxter confirmed – that a female tabby cat is missing from one of the affected buildings.

Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro, said in a news release Thursday that he had visited the site.

“The fire … displaced six adults and one child,” Wiener said, adding that the blaze may have involved a gas line break.

“My thoughts are with the residents who were burned out of their homes, and with the brave firefighters who responded to the fire, especially those who were injured,” Wiener stated.

He said that his office will work with city departments and local organizations to aid residents who need assistance.

— Cynthia Laird, October 20, 2016 @ 10:59 am PST
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