Firefighter injured in residential building fire

A Sunday morning blaze in an apartment building near Union Square injured a firefighter and displaced six people.

The two-alarm fire’s cause is still under investigation, but it appeared to start in a lightwell on the second floor of the three-story, 20-unit building at 686 Post St., San Francisco fire Lt. Ken Smith said.

The flames scorched a second-floor unit before jumping to the third-floor unit above it, Smith said. Firefighters, who were called at 3:47 a.m., were able to prevent the fire from jumping the roof line and completely contained it by 4:30 a.m., Smith said.

One firefighter was hit in the head by falling debris. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was treated and released, Smith said.

“He didn’t want to be taken to the hospital, but it’s protocol,” Smith said. “Debris falls all the time in a fire. Sometimes we get hit, sometimes we don’t.”

tbarak@sfexaminer.com

 

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