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UPDATED: 2-alarm fire in Castro District home with history of drug problems, code violations

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Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Castro District Friday morning near Dolores Park. (Nuala Sawyer/S.F. Weekly)

The San Francisco Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire near Mission Dolores Park Friday morning in a house with a history of problems including allegations of drug dealing and code violations.

The fire in a three-story building at 517-519 Sanchez St. was reported on the second floor at 10:30 a.m. and went to a second alarm by 10:40 a.m., according to fire officials.

Firefighters responding to the scene reported large amounts of smoke and had water on the fire by 10:43 a.m.

By shortly after 11:20 a.m., the building’s interior looked charred but not flames were visible. The second floor windows were broken, and a wet rainbow flag could be seen hanging from one of them.

The house in question has a history of problems. City Attorney Dennis Herrera in 2015 filed a lawsuit alleging that the property owner had “harbored illegal drug activity there for years” and failed to fix code violations.

According to reporting by the SF Weekly, neighbors on scene Friday said the house has continued to be a source of problems, with regular police calls and issues with tenants.
For the full story, go to the SF Weekly’s web site.

Nuala Sawyer contributed to this report.

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