A spokesman for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has confirmed one fatality at a residence that went up in flames early this morning.
Firefighters discovered the male victim at a two-story house at 825 Berkeley Ave. in Menlo Park after responding to what was originally a medical call, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said. Read More
Duke University’s new sexual misconduct policy can render a student guilty of non-consensual sex simply because he or she is considered “powerful” on campus, according to the non-profit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The policy cites “perceived power differentials” which “may create an unintentional atmosphere in coercion.” Read More
San Francisco firefighters have controlled a two-alarm fire that burned Thursday morning at a home near Glen Park owned by the parents of Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, a fire lieutenant said.
The fire was reported shortly before 9 a.m. at 31 Marietta Drive, San Francisco fire Lt. Ken Smith said.
Firefighters arrived to find thick black smoke and flames coming from the two-story building, and a second-alarm response was activated, Smith said. Read More
For the last three years, Shafique Gorsi has kept his Haight-Ashbury restaurant, Tikka Masala, open on Christmas Day to give people in The City a place to spend the holiday.
But once he saw his shattered storefront mixed with piles of rubble after a three-alarm fire ravaged the building on Tuesday morning, he knew that tradition was over. Read More
Several westbound lanes of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge were closed to traffic late Tuesday morning after an out-of-state tour bus caught fire, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A bus driver pulled over in the bridge’s cantilever section, 50 feet before the s-curve, after flames and smoke were spotted billowing out of the rear of the vehicle at 11:30 a.m., according to CHP Officer Kevin Croncke. Read More
A boom followed by a flash and smoke from a Financial District manhole was not an explosion but a cable failure, according to PG&E.
Joe Molica, PG&E spokesman, said officials are trying to determine the 6:30 a.m. incident at the intersection of Battery and Pine Street. The failed cable will be sent to a forensics lab, he said.
San Francisco Fire Department Battalion Chief Denise Newman said three passersby reported what sounded like an explosion, followed by flames. Read More
San Mateo’s fire sprinkler ordinance is slated to become more lenient for certain residential remodels, but the city’s fire department is keeping tabs on a national discussion on the matter before making its final recommendation on any changes.
Current city rules require homeowners to upgrade or install additional sprinklers if more than 25 percent of the home’s square footage is affected in construction. Read More
A smoky two-alarm high rise fire in the Tiffany & Co. building on Union Square shut down Post Street and sent nine firefighters to the hospital.
The fire was reported at 6:55 p.m. after smoke was seen billowing out of the top of the building at 360 Post, right on Union Square, said fire Lt. Ken Smith. Some 100 firefighters responded and found heavy smoke throughout the building. The fire was finally discovered in a utility closet in the buidling’s basement, he said. Read More
One year ago Monday, hundreds of acres of Angel Island erupted in flames, threatening the island’s historic buildings, endangering campers who were spending the night on the island, and creating a fiery vista for waterfront onlookers around the Bay.
Today, instead of looking back on that fire as a catastrophe, Angel Island’s lead park ranger Dave Matthews sees it as entirely the opposite. Read More
A small fire in the crawl space of a Haight Street bar believed to be under control later erupted in the walls and the attic, needing 45 firefighters to extinguish it. Read More