A suspicious fire in San Francisco's Bayview District early this morning caused an estimated $2.75 million in damage to three buildings and displaced 30 people from the neighborhood, authorities said.
The four-alarm blaze was reported at 12:53 a.m. at a two-story home at 1644 McKinnon Ave. near Third Street and spread to two other buildings. Read More
Firefighters have extinguished a two-alarm fire that burned in an apartment building in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood this morning.
The fire was brought under control at about 12:45 p.m. after burning for just under an hour at a multi-unit building at Golden Gate and Larkin streets, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. Read More
A construction worker died after falling more than a dozen feet at a house under construction near San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital on Wednesday morning, a Fire Department spokeswoman said.
The fall was reported at 10:37 a.m. at 40 Edgehill Way, where a three-story home is being built. The worker, believed to be about 50 years old, was standing on scaffolding near an unfinished stairwell at the time, fire spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said. Read More
A tree fell onto a home in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood this morning, a fire department spokeswoman said.
The incident was reported at 7:23 a.m. on Lurmont Terrace, a small street just south of the famed crooked part of Lombard Street, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.
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The top of a tree about 3 feet in diameter fell onto the roof of the house, Talmadge said.
No one was injured, she said. Read More
For four grueling months last year, San Francisco firefighter Denise Elarms underwent chemotherapy for breast cancer, an experience she could only compare to one thing.
“I’ve never been to hell,” Elarms said, “but I can’t imagine it’s any worse than chemotherapy.” Read More
Five days after Charles Dowd, a 69-year-old San Mateo man, went missing from an Amtrak train headed from the Bay Area to Chicago, family members continue to be hopeful that he will be found safe.
Dowd’s wife, Patricia, said today that their two children, Jennifer and Kevin, are in Omaha, Neb., to hand out fliers and organize a search party near where their father was last seen Thursday by an Amtrak train conductor. Read More
Two San Francisco firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze in the Ingleside neighborhood Tuesday morning, but others escaped a potentially dangerous situation.
The fire was reported at 5:50 a.m., and responding firefighters saw flames coming from a row of businesses on Ocean Avenue, Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. Read More
A suspicious four-alarm fire in San Francisco's Silver Terrace neighborhood damaged four homes and displaced 10 people early Tuesday morning.
The blaze was reported on Boutwell Street near Bayshore Boulevard at about 3 a.m.
Firefighters arrived to find the buildings ablaze and power lines down, Assistant Fire Chief Tom Siragusa said. He said that when he got to the scene, he smelled gas. Read More
San Francisco’s police and fire departments are preparing for hundreds of retirees.
To address the imminent staffing shortages, Mayor Ed Lee is funding the beginning of a six-year hiring plan for both departments in his proposed city budget. The mayor’s budget includes three 50-member police academy classes next fiscal year and a 42-member firefighter academy class. Read More
Fire Department officials on Wednesday questioned the PG&E response time for a broken gas line that fueled a four-alarm fire Tuesday in the Portola district.
Fire Chief Joanna Hayes-White has requested a meeting with PG&E to determine whether there was a miscommunication in the response. Read More