Firefighters responded to Gateway East, near the Embarcadero, around 1:20 a.m. Friday. Flames could be seen shooting from an apartment on the 11th floor. The fire department reported the 11th, 12th and 13th floors of the building were evacuated. Other residents were asked to shelter-in-place.
Firefighters said the blaze was challenging because there are no sprinklers in the building.
A couple had to climb from one balcony to another after their apartment caught fire. They are safe and were able to evacuate.
We talked to a woman who said this fire at The Gateway Apartments in San Francisco started in the unit next to her- that a couple had to climb from their balcony to hers to escape the fire- said the scooter they were charging caught fire. 23 units uninhabitable- 5 injured. pic.twitter.com/fklReHeeNR— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) November 20, 2020
Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze, but residents said a scooter caught fire as it was charging.
This isn't the first time a building in the complex caught fire. In October 2018 floors 12 to 16 of Gateway South were damaged by fire. Residents from 30 units were displaced and a handful of people were treated for smoke inhalation and anxiety. There was also a fire in one of the towers last month. Residents were asked to shelter in place, but many still evacuated. It is unclear what started it.
People’s burned belongings piled up outside The Gateway apartment building in San Francisco, where fire broke out at 1:30 this morning. 5 injuries, 23 units uninhabitable- 3 with fire damage on the 11th floor, the others with smoke and water damage. pic.twitter.com/AeXfNiLVes— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) November 20, 2020