|Plums of smoke can be seen from the burning high-rise under construction in San Francisco’s Mission District. (Photo/ People’s Daily Online)|
San Francisco, March 11, (People’s Daily Online) A five-alarm fire ravaged a high-rise building under construction Tuesday afternoon in San Francisco’s Mission District.
The fast-moving fire started around 5 p.m. Tuesday and destroyed a $227M high-rise construction project close to the AT&T park. On the way to the fire site, plumes of smoke could be seen filling the sky.
As of almost 10 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters were still battling the wall of flames. It’s reported that more than 150 firefighters participated in the fire fighting. Up to now, just one firefighter was said to have a second-degree burns to his face, no other injuries were reported. As the building started to collapse inward and out onto the street, firefighters had to keep their distance.
The cause of the fire was still unclear. The Fire Department will continue to investigate the cause of the blaze and the City and the Red Cross will work closely with any displaced residents of nearby homes.
Edwin Lee, mayor of San Francisco, said in the statement, “On behalf of the residents of the City and County of San Francisco, I would like to thank Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White and the approximately 150 firefighters from several San Francisco Fire Stations who responded to what became a five-alarm fire in our Mission Bay neighborhood today. I am extremely grateful and relieved that no one sustained serious injuries during this very serious incident.”