SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- DRONEVIEW7 captured the damage left behind at a downtown San Francisco high rise after fire burned through several floors Monday.
And now we're learning more about how San Francisco Firefighters were able to knock the flames down quickly, even though the building does not have a sprinkler system. The building at Davis and Washington Streets was constructed before sprinklers were required by law.
San Francisco's Fire Chief, Joanne Hayes-White, says crews tapped into a system known as stand-pipes, built into the high-rise.
"So in order to suppress the fire, there are what we call house lines, little hose lines on each floor. However, to put out a fire of the magnitude that we saw last night, we pumped in our water supply into the standpipe. It's basically a dry pipe that we bring the water up to each floor. And those are located at the exterior of the building at the ground level."
The Chief says crews routinely drill in downtown buildings in off hours, developing emergency response plans.
There were no injuries, but the fire displaced residents of more than two dozen units.