A two alarm fire gutted the Riptide bar on Taraval Street Monday, August 18, 2015. No injuries were reported from the blaze which startd at around 10 a.m. (Michael Ares/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

A two alarm fire gutted the Riptide bar on Taraval Street Monday, August 18, 2015. No injuries were reported from the blaze which startd at around 10 a.m. (Michael Ares/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Fire guts popular Sunset watering hole

UPDATED: 5:30 p.m.: 

A morning blaze that gutted the popular Riptide bar in the Outer Sunset Tuesday morning resulted in more than $1 million in damage, fire officials said.

The fire broke out around 10 a.m. at The Riptide Cocktails on Taraval Street between 46th and 47th avenues, authorities said. Seventy-three firefighters responded to the scene and the fire was contained at 10:14 a.m.

About half an hour later, the blaze was under control. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials said The Riptide at 3639 Taraval Street, where the fire started, sustained $400,000 in damage and $250,000 in damage to the building’s contents.

The Great Highway Market, a convenience store next to The Riptide where the fire spread to, sustained $150,000 in property damage and $500,000 in content damage.

Both businesses have been closed until further notice, said San Francisco Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Smith.

Sandy Till, who lives next door to the market, said she noticed the fire on her way out. “When I smelled the smoke, I thought my house was on fire,” she said.

Till said both the owners of The Riptide and Great Highway Market called 911. She and other witnesses noted that the bar made the street nicer and was an Outer Sunset staple, one of a few bars west of Sunset Boulevard.

“This was a live music venue,” she said. “It’s not just a dive bar.”

Officer Jake Fagan, who arrived when the fire was still burning, said there was “really, really heavy smoke.”

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