SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A two-alarm fire gutted two businesses on Haight St. in San Francisco early Thursday morning and investigators late morning were still determining the cause.

The fire started around 5 a.m. in the back of the popular True Clothing store at 1415 Haight between Masonic and Waller. It was strong enough to punch a five foot hole in the ceiling like a blow torch.

The 68 firefighters who responded had to break windows and cut holes in the roof to vent the smoke. The fire then moved through the shared attic space and down into the adjacent People’s Café, destroying it.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

”It’s typical San Francisco construction where we’re always chasing fires into the attic space,” said Deputy Fire Chief Tom Siragusa. “Buildings are built very close together here, but it’s what we do best. We are very good at locating the fire and extinguishing it.”

No one was injured, but there was tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to the building and destroyed inventory.

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