Firefighters controlled a two-alarm fire in the Inner Sunset on Tuesday. (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)

UPDATE: Cat killed in two-alarm Inner Sunset fire

A two-alarm blaze on Lincoln Way in the Inner Sunset killed a cat and snarled traffic in the area for at least an hour late Tuesday morning.

The fire started on the top floor of a three-story apartment building at the corner of Lincoln Way and Fourth Avenue around 10:38 a.m., Assistant Fire Chief Bob Postel said. Eight trucks, three engines and one rescue squad responded and controlled the blaze within a half-hour.

No one was injured, Postel said. Early estimates by the firefighters at the scene showed that some eight to 12 people were displaced.

Lincoln Way was blocked off at the intersection in both directions and a block of Fourth Avenue was closed at between Irving Street and Lincoln Way into the afternoon. Kezar Drive was also closed to westbound traffic at Stanyan Street.

Residents who live in the building said their neighbors who live in the unit where the fire started were on vacation but one person was there house-sitting.

Several residents were startled by police officers pounding on their doors, alerting them to the blaze.

Bill Sandberg, 28, who has lived in the apartment next door to the unit that caught fire for four years, said he thought the loud pounding on his door was from someone trying to break in — so he grabbed a baseball bat. And then he “heard somebody yell, ‘Fire! Get out! Get out!,” he said.

Firefighters told Sandberg to pack up for at least a week away from his apartment, he said.

Michael Podrid, 32, lives in the bottom floor of the building and had just gotten out of the shower when the fire broke out, he said. When police knocked on his door he rushed outside in such a hurry that he wasn’t wearing shoes.

“At one point I saw the flames probably 20 feet off the roof,” Podrid said.

IMG_7423

Image 1 of 10

The scene at 253 Lincoln Avenue where SFFD effectively contained a fire on December 29, 2015. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

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

Bill to create state public bank could jumpstart SF efforts

California may move $10 billion of its investment banking funds to rebuild… Continue reading

State hires firefighters as wildfire season begins

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday outlined the steps California has taken to… Continue reading

Supes to vote on proposal to ease restrictions on gay bathhouses

Mandelman hopes to ‘make the operation of adult sex venues more feasible.’

Breed, Walton test negative for COVID-19 after exposure to the virus

Mayor London Breed announced Thursday she tested negative for COVID-19 after notified… Continue reading

‘No timetable’ for cable car return, SFMTA says

How the temporary absence of cable cars means more than just a loss of transit routes

Most Read