SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – It was a busy Saturday night for San Francisco firefighters, who battled two stubborn fires, one in the Tenderloin and another in Potrero Hill.

Marty Ross, a temporary division chief for the San Francisco Fire Department, said the first fire started in a unit of a 12-story public housing building on Ellis and Jones streets around 5:20 p.m.

“The fire was on the fifth floor, Room 5A. It did go out the window and then came around and came into the lobby somehow,” Ross said. “That’s a tough building because it’s all concrete. We ended up transporting nine people due to smoke inhalation and burns.”

Investigators have yet to determine a cause for the blaze, which displaced about 200 people.

Later on Saturday night around 10:15 p.m., a fire broke out at a three-story wooden building on 24th and Utah streets.

Crews were quickly able to knock down the fire, but it did spread to two other adjacent buildings.

No injuries were reported in that fire.

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Comments (4)
  1. Ann Mason says:

    I hope SFFD can increase their routine inspections of apartment buildings in the city. It seems as if the Tenderloin area has had an especially bad time of it in the past year or so. Does the Department have funding to handle that? Probably not. I sometimes wonder how many buildings have broken fire alarms, not to mention basements which are used as garbage dumps. The Tenderloin in particular may be at higher risk that way.

  2. unknown says:

    in the ingleside as well as oceanview people pile garbage as well as stack cars on set backs homes close together bad idea and it will be an easy billion dollars when this causes my house to burn city pay up

  3. lancaster says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.
    My dog was poisoned to death, a stolen car was run into the front of my house, gang members are harrassing me, I get death threats, BB guns are being shot at my car when I drive, my car is being tampered with, money and jewelry has been stolen out of my house and these corrupt DOD employees are using torture as a punishment.
    With very long term harassment the FBI and DEA are intentionally creating their own terrorists and criminals when evidence of any supposed crime does not support their investigation/harassment of a suspect.
    Typical D.O.J. Investigation except they have been harassing me for 20 years.

  4. Top Secret says:

    I’m one of the residents at 350 Ellis building. That place is a slum hovel. The people there smell like rotten garbage and look like absolute filth, worse than pigs in the mud. Anyway, the fire alarms were tested on the first of this month with a silent test and they still didn’t go off until after I had left which was about 5:50 due to the smell of burning and smoke getting into my unit. That building is a death trap and this is another good reason to ban smoking outright in SF or all apartments for that matter.

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