Fire breaks out at North Beach residential hotel, elderly man rescued

(Courtesy SFFD via Twitter)

(Courtesy SFFD via Twitter)

An elderly man was taken to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation Sunday morning after a fire broke out at a residential hotel in North Beach, according to Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

Peskin said the fire started inside a unit of the Hotel Europa at 310 Columbus Ave. Fire crews were on scene just after 9 a.m. with a rescue underway, the San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 said on Twitter.

“By all accounts he’ll be okay,” Peskin said of the elderly man.

The fire comes a month after a scorching blaze ripped through a nearby building at 659 Union St. near Columbus Avenue on St. Patrick’s Day. That night, Peskin called for fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White to resign over her department’s response to the blaze. Peskin has since apologized.

“I thanked the chief this morning,” Peskin said Sunday. “She and I communicated, and they did a good job.”

This story has been updated with additional information

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