Boiler causes early-morning fire in Daly City

Residents of an 85 apartment, four-story complex in Daly City were evacuated after an early morning fire erupted from a boiler in the building’s parking garage.

The two-alarm blaze, reported at 4:52 a.m. at 417 A St. was contained within 30 minutes, said North County Fire Authority spokeswoman Angelina Ciucci, who added that there were no injuries reported.

Fire officials had to temporarily shut off the building’s one electrical meter while crews cleaned the area, she said.

The fire did not trip the building’s alarm system, according to fire officials, but woke up second-floor residents Emma and Nolasco Castillo. It was hot in the room, they said, and when they opened the door, all they could see was smoke.

Edgard Mendez-Franco, whose apartment is right above the boiler room, said smoke was coming out of the walls. The residents said they rushed outside, where they remained for more than an hour — many in pajamas, one wearing just a towel.

The fire charred the insulation of the boiler in the garage, Ciucci said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“We’re just glad nothing serious occurredand no one was injured,” said Mendez-Franco, who was still wearing pajamas underneath his jeans.

The American Red Cross provided breakfast and offered shelter to the residents who did not want to stay in their apartments.

According to building manager Matt Beard, power and cold water were restored by Thursday afternoon. However, the residents are expected to be left without hot water or gas for cooking and heat until today.

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