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
A construction worker was badly burned after a gas line ruptured and caused a four-alarm fire in two buildings Tuesday afternoon in the Portola district, the Fire Department said.
The worker was trying to hook up a gas line on the sidewalk outside a vacant building at 2809-2813 San Bruno Ave. about 3:45 p.m. when the gas ignited, spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said. Read More
Pedestrian rights activists are calling for criminal charges against a shuttle bus driver who ran over a man in a crosswalk in the Tenderloin last week. But prosecutors say that California law typically only supports criminal charges when the crash results in death.Surveillance footage captured the tragic collision at Eddy and Leavenworth streets at about 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 14. Read More
A disabled woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a house fire in San Francisco’s Mission Terrace neighborhood on Wednesday night, a fire department spokeswoman said today.The two-alarm fire was reported at 8:29 p.m. at a two-story home at 160 Santa Rosa Ave., fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.Firefighters arrived and found flames and smoke coming from the garage and front door of the home, and were told there was a disabled woman upstairs, Talmadge said. Read More
A man was struck by a taxi in front of the old Virgin Records building in downtown San Francisco Wednesday afternoon, according to fire officials and a horrified witness.Emergency crews were called to bustling Market and Stockton streets at 1:41 p.m., San Francisco fire spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.A witness said she heard a “thud” that sounded like a car striking a car, but when she turned she saw that a man had been struck by a cab and was seriously injured. Read More
When Pierre Pegeron saw flames shooting out the windows of the building across from his business Tuesday, he didn’t think -- he acted. Read More
A kitchen fire at a San Francisco juvenile detention center on Tuesday night caused more than $100,000 in damage, a fire department spokeswoman said today.The one-alarm fire was reported at 8:09 p.m. at the Youth Guidance Center at 375 Woodside Ave. near Twin Peaks, which also contains courtrooms. Read More
Two window washers escaped disaster Thursday morning after their scaffolding gave way, leaving them dangling at the top of a 16-story Mission Bay condominium complex for about 25 minutes before they were rescued.
The drama unfolded at the Arterra building at 300 Berry St., leaving the two men who had been pressure-washing the outside of the building hanging by their safety harnesses as the scaffolding slunk down vertically between the 16th and 14th floors. Read More
A deck fire caused by fireworks in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Heights neighborhood on Tuesday could have been disastrous if the residents weren’t awake, authorities said.The residents at 818 Pacheco St. called for help around 5:20 a.m. after the blaze broke out on the rear-deck of their home, fire spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.Firefighters responded and suppressed the blaze in less than 15 minutes, she said. Read More
San Francisco firefighters are at the scene of a one-alarm fire in The City’s Castro district. The fire was reported at 12:23 p.m. at a four-story building at 165 Collingwood St., between 18th and 19th streets near the Eureka Valley Recreation Center. The blaze, which burned the building’s roof area, sent a plume of black smoke into the air.“It was definitely a very visual fire,” San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said. Read More