San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 05, 2014
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Thursday September 5, 2014 a store in San Francisco was destroyed in 5-Alarm fire where the owners had been previously cited for fire code violations according to NBC News Bay Area. Residents who live nearby were evacuated from their homes as a five-alarm fire tore through a three-story building in San Francisco's Mission District, sending smoke billowing blocks away and injuring at least three, including two firefighters, fire officials said. The store destroyed in a five-alarm blaze in San Francisco's Mission District was previously cited for fire code violations, fire officials said.
According to the report from NBC News Bay Area the Thursday afternoon fire tore through the three-story building, sending toxic smoke billowing blocks away and injuring at least three, including two firefighters, according to fire officials. Neighbors were also evacuated from their homes during the blaze.
San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson Mindy Talmadge said. Fire officials said the smoke was very toxic. The roof of the building caved in during the blaze and firefighters were still on scene late Thursday. The fire was reported at about 1 p.m. at 2632 Mission St., a commercial building that is listed as the address of Big House Inc., a retail store. According to reports, the store housed highly-flammable materials such as clothes, backpacks and housewares.
"Difficult fire to fight -- smokey, nasty and difficult to breathe at times," SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. The business was cited in both 2009 and 2013 for fire code violations, Hayes-White said. In both instances, the chief said, the business was able to correct the violation for follow-up inspections.
Lorene Scripps, who lives in the area, said it was hard to walk in the store because it was too full. "There's hundreds of tons of fabric, clothing piled on top of piles, on top of piles to the ceiling," Scripps said. "I stopped going in there because it's a hazard waiting to happen -- someone is going to get killed in there."
The fire sent smoke billowing through the Mission District and prompted the shutdown of Mission Street between 22nd and 23rd streets as well as parts of Valencia and Capp streets. Police said there was a lot of plastic burning in the fire and advised people to stay away.
The owner of New Mission City, at 2626 Mission St., the business next door to where the fire was initially reported, said his whole store and all of its merchandise were destroyed in the fire.
Classes at City College’s Mission campus were canceled and the school's Bartlett Building on Valencia Street was cleared out due to smoke concerns.
Talmadge said the fire has been contained to a single building, but several surrounding buildings sustained smoke and water damage. She said about 130 firefighters responded to the scene to make sure the blaze did not spread elsewhere.
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