Tenderloin blaze forces 14 people to leave homes

The Red Cross is helping 14 residents find temporary homes after a one-alarm blaze at a Tenderloin high-rise apartment complex Saturday evening.

The fire at 350 Ellis St. was reported at 5:22 p.m. and brought under control about 20 minutes later, according to the Fire Department.

Police reported Saturday that about 200 people were displaced by the fire, but that appears to have been overestimated.

American Red Cross spokesman Jim Mallory said Sunday that his agency was housing 14 people displaced by the fire. Others could have found temporary shelter with friends or family, he acknowledged.

There also were conflicting injury reports. The Fire Department reported nine injuries and the Police Department reported seven. The extent of the injuries was not released.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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