2-alarm fire burns Liverpool Lil's in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A long-time San Francisco pub won't be open anytime soon after a damaging fire. The blaze broke out Wednesday morning at Liverpool Lil's -- which has been serving customers outside the Presidio gates for four decades.

The fire has been contained and nobody was injured. The restaurant is located on San Francisco's Lyon Street near Lombard. The fire broke out around 7:30 a.m. and spread so quickly, the first crew on the scene called for backup within minutes.

Firefighters dragged hoses onto the roof. They had to break windows and rip out part of the walls and ceiling to get water inside. The building houses Liverpool Lil's - an English pub and restaurant that has been a neighborhood favorite in the marina since the 1970s.

Investigators say the fire may have started in a shed out back and spread.

"The fire had extended from that area up into the unit above. So we had fire in the walls and the attic space which requires a lot of overhaul activities," said Assistant Fire Chief SFFD Kevin Burke,

"I don't even know what to think. I don't know what's going to happen. It's been here forever. I'm only hoping it's not too badly damaged. I mean it's got a lot of history here," said Casey O'Neill, Liverpool Lil's employee.

The unit above used as office space also burned. Firefighters say Liverpool Lil's dining area and kitchen suffered heavy smoke and water damage. So there's a lot that needs to be cleaned and repaired.

Flames did not spread to any other buildings. The cause is under investigation.
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