SFPD bomb squad at building in SF's Tenderloin

February 28, 2013 9:29:43 AM PST
San Francisco police and fire are investigating suspicious circumstances at a building in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood this morning, a fire department spokeswoman said.

Firefighters responded at about 6:30 a.m. to a report of smoke coming from a garbage chute in a building at 44 McAllister St., fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Firefighters put out the fire in the chute and discovered a resident who had left a threatening note in their room and also took measures to deactivate smoke detectors and sprinklers in the building, Talmadge said.

An investigator heard a ticking noise in the room and decided to evacuate residents and notify the Police Department's bomb squad, which responded to do a sweep of the building, Talmadge said.

Police remained at the building to investigate the incident as of shortly before 9 a.m., she said.

The building at 44 McAllister St. is Civic Center Residence, a low-income housing complex run by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.


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