A six-alarm fire in San Francisco has engulfed a construction site near AT&T Park, the home of the city’s baseball team, the Giants.
Over 100 firefighters responded to the emergency call at 4:56 pm, local time at the site in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, according to a San Francisco fire department official.
The official indicated that even though no injuries have been reported at this time, evacuations were ordered for buildings located across the street.
A five-alarm fire has threatened a nine-story building under construction by AT&T park. Stay safe San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/90S0MDfO3N
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Crews are on the scene of a massive 6-alarm fire in San Francisco – pic.twitter.com/qT0D96WqwF
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Crews from cities and counties near San Francisco have come to assist in fighting the fire and the plume of smoke rising into the sky is visible from miles away, even from space.
According to San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, the building’s sprinkler system was not installed and in an attempt to prevent the spreading of the fire, ‘we applied water curtains to cool the buildings close by.”
“We are in a defensive mode,” chief Hayes-White added.
Some reports on Twitter suggest the building has partially collapsed, even though San Francisco firefighters are making progress:
— worldwidenewsfeed (@worldwidenewsf) March 12, 2014
San Francisco fire now at six alarms; part of building collapses: SAN FRANCISCO — A five-alarm fire in the Mi… http://t.co/HN7T0StKAV
— News IQ (@newsiq) March 12, 2014
The construction site were the fire started is said to be a new 360 unit apartment building in the busy Mission Bay neighborhood in San Francisco.
“Everybody is heading there,” a dispatcher told the San Jose Mercury News. “We don’t go past 5-alarms in this city.”
A construction worker told KPIX 5 that his colleagues left the building about two hours prior to when the fire started. He added that the lower two floors of the 172-unit building were made of concrete, while the upper floors were made of wood.
Stay tuned for more updates on the San Francisco fire.
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