Major Fire on Mission Street at Valencia

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Mission Street Fire

Major fire and lots of sirens tonight on Mission Street at Valencia in the West Bernal/La Lengua Liminal Zone.  One of the buildings between Blue Plate and Royal Cuckoo caught fire and spread to the adjacent structure. Will update as we learn more.

Here’s a video:

UPDATE: April 7, 2011, 10:18 AM

The real journalists at MissionLoc@l bring more detail:

Fire Department officials believe the blaze started at 3212 Mission, a white Victorian building with blue trim.

But smoke was pouring from the space between that building and the one next door, which houses the Vietnamese restaurant Lotus Garden. At around 9:30 p.m. it appeared that firefighters were tearing down walls between the two buildings.

Restaurant owner Kathy Tang said great amounts of smoke and fire filled her kitchen in the back before she left with her kids. She saw firefighters breaking walls and ripping them down, and she’s fearful about what will be left of her restaurant.

California Beat adds that one firefighter was injured while battling the blaze:

One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was transported to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment, according to San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White.

Finally, in the comments to this post, reader Rusty adds his own perspective:

I walked over there, I’m impressed with the large SFFD response. 4 Aerial Trucks (ladders), at least 4 or 5 engines, support vehicles, etc. The Red Cross was on scene as well, they had provide blankets (to act as jackets) to the people who were displaced form the building. I saw at least 10 people who were displaced, feel terrible for them :-(

The fire seemed to affect mostly the rear of the buildings in question, the fronts of them looked fine, but I’m sure there is a lot of water damage. The buildings go deep so who knows how much damage was done to the rears.

Considering the high winds when the fire broke out, SFFD knocked most of the fire out really quickly.

Burrito Justice has a sad photo of the day after; it all looks surprisingly normal from street level, as the worst of the fire struck the back of the building(s). Let the rebuilding begin:

Special thanks to our neighbors at MissionMission for their great coverage.

Photos: From top, Bob Horowitz, Jeffrey RueppelMissionMission, Faye Harris, Burrito Justice.

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17 Responses to Major Fire on Mission Street at Valencia

  1. Rusty says:

    The SF Fire/Polcie scanner link is http://somafm.com/sfscanner.pls (you may need to open the link directly in your media player, e.g. itunes if it doesn’t automatically launch). They’re asking for more truck units and need to “open up” parts of the building. There seems to be a lot of fire still inside the building they can’t get to just yet. But it sounds somewhat contained, but not fully under control.

  2. Rusty says:

    They just said “There is fire in the restaurant in the bathroom”. I think they’re referring to Lotus Garden which is next door to the initial fire address.

  3. Heather says:

    So sad to see this! Both the family that runs Lotus Garden and the family that runs Los Panchitas are great people who love this neighbourhood (and crank out our “category favorites” in both Vietnamese and pupusas!) Plus, the residents of the apartments… this could be a big blow to the neighbourhood… fingers crossed for a “looks/sounds worse than it is” outcome!

  4. Rusty says:

    One more thing: if you’re listening to the scanner feed, they refer to the sides of the building this way: Alpha is the front of the building with Bravo being the left side, Charlie being the back, and Delta being the right side. A for the front and sides B C & D go clockwise around the building.

    Right now most of the issues seem to be on the left side of the building. They keep asking for more chain saws to cut into the building and get access to the fire.

    • Heather says:

      Rusty, did they just say it’s a couple more hotspots but mostly under control? I swear I need a class on how to understand this thing, but I do know the woman on Bush and Steiner ditched her drugs behind an escalator. :)

  5. Heather says:

    BayAreaBreaking San Francisco Structure Fire: 3212 Mission St: Fire UNDER CONTROL at 22:16.

  6. Rusty says:

    I walked over there, I’m impressed with the large SFFD response. 4 Aerial Trucks (ladders), at least 4 or 5 engines, support vehicles, etc. The Red Cross was on scene as well, they had provide blankets (to act as jackets) to the people who were displaced form the building. I saw at least 10 people who were displaced, feel terrible for them :-(

    The fire seemed to affect mostly the rear of the buildings in question, the fronts of them looked fine, but I’m sure there is a lot of water damage. The buildings go deep so who knows how much damage was done to the rears.

    Considering the high winds when the fire broke out, SFFD knocked most of the fire out really quickly.

  7. Phoenixsf says:

    Wow, there was big fire either in the same building or the one to the south just a few years ago. Anyone remember that?

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  9. Thanks for covering this here and on Twitter. So sad.

    Do you know anything about the residents of the building(s) and whether they have been able to get into their homes, what help they need, etc.? It would be nice to know how to help them if needed.

    Thanks.

  10. Chris Doyle says:

    Congratulations and thank you to the SFFD. The wind was howling last night and this could have been much worse.

  11. Anne Moellering says:

    Is there any kind of fund or donation (clothes, whatever) situation being set up for the people that were displaced? The restaurant owner / whomever? Would love to help if I can…

    - anne, 9 coleridge street at powers

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