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

(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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