Three-alarm fire contained on Haight Street in SF

Fire at 1664 Haight Street in San Francisco (Lisa Adler)

December 22, 2009 10:41:35 AM PST
Firefighters have knocked down a three-alarm fire that burned two buildings along Haight Street in San Francisco.

At the peak of the fire, there were over 100 firefighters who responded to the scene.

The fire was first reported at about 4:45 Tuesday morning at the 1600 block of Haight. The building houses the Tikka Masala restaurant. Firefighters say this began in the tradesman area of the building, which is a side area of the building that can be used to access the garbage area and the utility box. The flames went up into two residences above the restaurant. The people who live there were able to make it out without any injuries. Three members of a family, who were in the first floor apartment, were helped out by a woman.

"All I smelled was a lot of smoke and I tasted gas literally in my mouth. Then I went in the back and was looking for my father and he said call 911," said fire victim Maria Miller.

"We did have fire between the walls there and we had a search in progress. There was a report of someone who was not found in the building. We found that not to be the case. Everyone has been accounted for at this point in time. This is just a big fight for us in this particular fire. It is just a lot of fire in a lot of different places," said SF Fire Department Lt. Ken Smith.

The fire also spread to a building next door that has a clothing store.

The fire is estimated to have caused $500,000 worth of damage.

At this time, investigators are not calling the fire suspicious.


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