South S.F. investigating cause of apartment fire

The cause of a three-alarm apartment fire in South San Francisco remains under investigation today, a fire dispatcher said.

The fire was reported at 4:24 p.m. at 382 Alida Way and was brought under control in 32 minutes, according to South San Francisco fire Chief Philip White.

Sixty-five people were displaced by the blaze, and it is unclear how many will be able to return to their homes today, a fire dispatcher said.

Fortunately, quite a few cats that had been reported missing after the blaze have been found.

Three units of the 36-unit complex were destroyed and others sustained serious smoke damage, White said. The damage estimate has risen to $500,000, a fire dispatcher said.

Five people suffered from smoke inhalation. Three were treated on scene and two were taken to a local hospital and are reported in stable condition, White said.

Firefighters used extension ladders to rescue two people from the second story of the three-story complex.

Several agencies helped battle the blaze, including the South San Francisco Fire Department, Central County Fire, Cal Fire, and the San Bruno, San Mateo, Millbrae and Pacifica fire departments, according to a dispatcher.

The battle involved more than 50 fire personnel, said White.

— Bay City News

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