Potrero Hill fire causes $900,000 damage

A Potrero Hill fire that affected three neighboring homes Thursday caused an estimated $900,000 in damages, according to San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.

The fire began in a home at 911 Minnesota St., said Talmadge. A male occupant was sleeping at the home when he was woken by the sound of the smoke detector, Talmadge said.

The man attempted to go to another room where he believed his elderly mother might be, but the smoke and flames forced him to exit, according to Talmadge.

An off-duty firefighter saw the smoke as he was driving nearby and went to assist the occupant.

When firefighters arrived just after 10 a.m., the blaze was upgraded to two alarms. The fire spread to the two neighboring residences at 909 and 913 Minnesota St.

Firefighters looked for the mother of the occupant but were unable to locate her and he admitted she might be at church, Talmadge said. The occupant was transported to an area hospital, along with a firefighter who sustained a knee injury, according to Talmadge.

The occupant's mother was eventually located and it was determined she was not in the building when the fire started, Talmadge said.

Firefighters were able to get the fire contained by 11:05 a.m. and controlled by 11:43 a.m.

The combined property and content damage caused by the fire to 911 Minnesota St. is estimated at $450,000, Talmadge said, and the building was red-tagged, indicating it is structurally unsound. Both residents were displaced.

The estimated damage to 913 Minnesota St. is $300,000 and four people were displaced from the residence. The residents declined the assistance of the American Red Cross, according to Talmadge.

She also said one person was displaced from 909 Minnesota St., which had an estimated $150,000 of damages. The resident accepted the assistance of the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Talmadge said.

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