SAN FRANCISCO — A massive fire tore through multiple structures in San Francisco’s Mission District near the Central Freeway Tuesday morning, officials said.
The fire was reported about 7 a.m. Tuesday, and quickly escalated from a two-alarm fire to a five-alarm incident impacting six buildings, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.
More than 160 firefighters helped battle flames that rose high into the air and were visible from the freeway. A towering cloud of black smoke could be seen from across the Bay Area at the start of the fire.
Falling power lines impeded firefighting efforts, said Victor Wyrsch, SFFD deputy chief of operations.
One firefighter suffered a head injury and was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He was released by Tuesday afternoon and is expected to recover.
The fire is centered on the northern tip of the Mission District between 13th and 14th streets and South Van Ness and Folsom streets.
Six buildings were affected by the fires, according to the Fire Department. The Bartfeld Sales Co. at 140 14th St. was reportedly destroyed in the conflagration. The 73-year-old family business was housed in a warehouse containing flammable building materials. KCBS Radio reported a roofing company was also damaged. A sheriff’s office training and administrative office was also affected by the flames, according to the Associated Press, but a deputy managed to remove ammunition from the basement as the fire grew closer to the building. Firefighters, however, were able to stop the fire from reaching that building’s roof.