Firefighters rescue residents in SoMa blaze

A single-alarm fire that broke out last night in a South of Market apartment building sent residents fleeing out of windows and onto roofs and led to a dramatic rescue by San Francisco firefighters, a fire spokesman said.

The fire was reported at 6:39 p.m. in one apartment of a 16-unit building at 1068 Howard Street, said San Francisco fire Lt. Ken Smith.

Firefighters were told a fire in a third-floor unit had some residents jumping from windows 10-feet down to the roof of an adjacent building.

Firefighters rescued all residents and contained the fire to one room, Smith said. One firefighter, Michael Magalong, gave up his mask to a woman as he led her from the inferno. He escaped the fire without injury and the woman suffered from smoke inhalation.

“It's part of the job, it's what we do,” Smithsaid of Magalong's rescue. “(Magalong) should be commended for his efforts tonight.”

The woman was transported and treated at San Francisco General Hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The fire was controlled at around 7 p.m., Smith said. A cause is under investigation.

— Bay City News

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