San Francisco Mission district fire displaces 26

A three-alarm fire at an apartment building on San Francisco’s Mission Street on Monday morning sent one person to the hospital and left 26 residents displaced, a fire dispatcher and an American Red Cross spokeswoman said.

Hein Oo, 22, who lives at 4018 Mission St., said he was awakened around 6 a.m. by someone ringing the doorbell at his home, the second unit of a duplex.  

But Oo wasn’t expecting any visitors, so he went back to sleep.

“A couple of minutes later I smelled smoke, so I got up and went to the kitchen to see if it was there,” Oo said. Eventually, he saw the fire.

“I saw the garage door on fire. It was completely burnt,” Oo said.

Oo, who lives at the home with five relatives, then woke up his family.

“Right after we came out, the Fire Department was here,” he said. “It turned out to be the guy who reads the meters that was ringing the doorbell.”

The Fire Department responded around 5:50 a.m., and a lieutenant said the blaze was under control by 7 a.m.

Six buildings were affected by the fire, which started in the garage of a building at 4020 Mission St.

Twenty-six people, including three children, were displacedAmerican Red Cross spokeswoman Melanie Finke said.

Four apartments have been deemed uninhabitable and a fifth unit has a hole in its roof, she said.

“Anyone who can’t get back into their homes will have a safe place tonight,” Finke said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

mkoozmin@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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