Mission Bay Fire Destroys Burgeoning San Francisco Development Project

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 11:37 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A fire in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco triggered a response from 90 fire trucks and more than 150 firefighters on Tuesday to battle a fast-moving blaze that occurred in the former industrial area that is now home to a University of California, San Francisco campus.

The five-alarm fire engulfed a six-story, 80-foot-tall building near China Basin Street just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, noting that black smoke from the blaze rose thousands of feet in the air.

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No civilians were injured, but one firefighter reportedly sustained second-degree burns to the face.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White told the Chronicle that the Mission Bay fire was the largest the city has seen in years.

According to building owner BRE Properties, the burning building was part of a $220 million residential development project with 172 units. Fire officials added that construction crews had yet to install fire-suppression systems in the structure, which resulted in the blaze becoming more of a challenge for firefighters on the ground, The Associated Press reported.

The clouds of smoke sent San Francisco residents nearby scattering for safety.

Local resident Janice Jentz rushed home from work to make sure her dog was rescued.

"[I] started running home and tried to make sure he was rescued and he was OK," Jentz told NBC News. The dog was rescued by firefighters, who carried him away from the harmful smoke. "I'm happy they pulled through and helped me out," Jentz added.

The site is several blocks from AT&T Park, the stadium where the San Francisco Giants play.

"Thanks to the leadership and determined action of our Fire Department, the very real potential of severe damage to other homes, businesses, and structures in the neighborhood was avoided," Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement Tuesday night.

The Mission Bay fire was contained as of Wednesday morning.

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