A San Francisco firefighter suffered moderate injuries when a portion of a home fell on him as he battled a two-alarm blaze in the Bernal Heights neighborhood Friday morning, according to a fire department spokesman.
The fire was reported at 8:37 a.m. at three-story Victorian home at 157 Prospect Ave., fire spokesperson Lt. Jonathan Baxter said.
Upon arrival, firefighters reported seeing heavy flames coming from the upper floors and attic of the home.
The injured firefighter was wearing safety gear when part of the building fell on him. He was taken to a San Francisco General Hospital for treatment and was expected to be released later Friday, according to Baxter.
The home’s eight residents, including children, were displaced as a result of the fire. None of the residents were injured, Baxter said.
Firefighters, however, were able to save the some of the family’s belongings. When the family expressed concern about irreplaceable photos that were stuck inside the home, a fire crew went inside and was able to locate and retrieve the photos and photo albums belonging to the family, according to Baxter.
Firefighters contained the fire by about 11:30 a.m., Baxter said.
Fire crews had initially shut down Prospect Avenue from the 100 block to the 300 block, asking residents to avoid the area. Prospect Avenue was expected to reopen by about 1:30 p.m., according to Baxter.