San Francisco fire started at bottom of trash chute

Jeff Chiu/APA man looks through a camera while sitting on a roof across the street from an apartment fire in the Western Addition area in San Francisco

San Francisco fire officials say the five-alarm blaze that tore through two residences began at the bottom of a trash chute in an alleyway.

The cause of Thursday's fire, however, remains under investigation. The blaze — the city's biggest in more than seven years — left more than 40 people homeless at the height of the holiday season.

Deputy Chief of Operations Tom Siragusa says the fire appeared to have burned undetected for a significant amount of time before firefighters arrived. Low humidity and high winds then made it difficult to control.

A Victorian condominium suffered an estimated $2 million in damage. A second building containing small apartments and studios sustained $6 million in damage.

A nearby charter school and another residence also suffered some damage.

Bay Area NewsLocalSan FranciscoSan Francisco fire

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have taken different approaches to transit and infrastructure funding. <ins>(Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)</ins>
Bay Area transit has big hopes for a Biden administration

The best chance for local agencies to get relief may be a change in federal leadership

BART Ambassadors are being called on to assist riders in social situations that don’t require police force. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Unarmed BART ambassadors program formalized with a focus on community service

Public safety and police reform are key elements in campaigns of Board members Dufty and Simon

San Francisco DJ and producer Jah Yzer livestreams most mornings from his home. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Roots & Tings build community through music

Lateef the Truthspeaker, Jah Yzer and Winstrong call for voting as a form of healing

On Oct. 13, people lined up to vote early for the presidential election in Southlake, Texas. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
<ins></ins>
Five things to watch for in the run-up to Nov. 3

Down-ballot races, as much as the presidency, will determine the future course of this nation

WeChat (Shutterstock)
U.S. District Court denies Trump request to shutdown WeChat app

A federal judge in San Francisco denied a request by the U.S.… Continue reading

Most Read