Mission district fire causes $1.5 million in damage 

A three-alarm fire on San Francisco's Mission Street early Monday that displaced 28 people and caused nearly $1.5 million in damage to three buildings is considered accidental, a fire department spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The blaze, which was reported at about 5:50 a.m. Monday, damaged three duplexes in the 4000 block of Mission Street, near Glen Park, before it was extinguished at about 7 a.m., fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Two people were taken to a hospital, although their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Talmadge said.

Of the other 26 people displaced, the American Red Cross set up 20 of them in hotels and the other six found housing with friends or family, she said.

Two dogs were taken to San Francisco Animal Care and Control to be cared for while the residents arranged temporary housing.

The building where the fire started, a duplex at 4018 and 4020 Mission St., sustained about $1 million in damage, and about $200,000 in contents was destroyed, Talmadge said.

The City's Department of Building Inspection on Tuesday morning red-tagged the building, declaring it uninhabitable, she said.

The fire also caused about $200,000 in damage to a duplex at 4022 and 4024 Mission St. and destroyed $50,000 worth of contents there. A building at 4014 and 4016 Mission St. sustained $40,000 in damage and $5,000
in damage to its contents, according to Talmadge.

The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined, she said.

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