A massive, six-alarm fire in San Francisco destroyed a high rise construction site located next to the Giants home, AT&T Park in the Mission Bay neighborhood of the city on Tuesday evening.
The plume of smoke shot at least 40-feet into the sky and could be seen from satellite imagery.
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The first call into the San Francisco Fire Department came at 4:56 pm and was answered by about 150 firefighters who battled the flames throughout the night to stop them from spreading.
San Francisco police spokesman Sergeant Eric O’Neal said in a statement that all residents on the east side of Fourth Street had been evacuated and that the Red Cross was on the scene, according to NBCBayArea.com.
Officials say one firefighter suffered minor burns and was transported to a local hospital.
The photos posted on Twitter are jaw dropping as they show the fire engulfing the construction site completely:
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San Francisco Fire Department officials have not determined the cause of the fire as of yet, but chief Joanne Hayes-White said they would let the building collapse under its own weight.
The fire completely destroyed what was to become a 172-unit apartment complex owned by BRE Properties, which stated that all employees and contractors were accounted for.
“We are currently assessing the situation, including the cause of the fire, and we will be consulting with the appropriate authorities. We carry comprehensive insurance coverage for events such as this including hard cost replacement, soft costs and loss of revenue.”
San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said that because the building was under construction it made firefighters’ efforts more difficult, since the fire sprinklers had not been completely installed.
Residents that live in the building across the street were evacuated due to the exterior sprinklers going off and needing to be replaced, according to the San Francisco Fire Deputy Chief of Operations Mark Gonzales, who said Wednesday the fire protection system must be restored before residents are allowed back into their homes.
[Image via Twitter]