Fire in Hayes Valley

I just got home to my building in Hayes Valley, to find most of the streets blocked off (at least parts of Gough and Page Streets). A building a block away from me, on Page St., had caught fire. I’m going to go investigate, stay tuned.

Fire on Page Street
(click to embiggen)

UPDATE: The fire was reportedly four-alarm. It started at 52 Page Street, between Gough and Franklin Streets, spread to the building next door but was soon contained in about one hour. One tenant was reported to have jumped from an upper story window to escape, and a fireman was reported injured, but there has been no word of any casualties.

Red Cross is on the scene to assist the building’s tenants with minor injuries and finding housing for the night.

Streets surrounding the area are currently closed. Muni bus lines 6, 7, 71 and the F streetcar have temporary route changes.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

I took the photo shown here. SFGate also has some details as well as a few more photos.

UPDATE 2: The Examiner’s article on the fire tells a more personal story. We know have learned that there were 17 residents occupying the building, only one injured, and a cat saved! The building has been deemed unfit for immediate occupation, so the residents are finding new housing with assistance from the Red Cross.

Also, excellent photo coverage by the Sentinel.

No updates on the cause of the fire yet.

8 Comments so far

  1. steve (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

    Here’s a shot I took from Dolores Park of the fire

  2. anna (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

    On NPR around 7PM it was “the fire on Market and Van Ness”- seems kinda off to me (their reporting, not yours!)

  3. tyler82 (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 12:21 am

    Wow not even a mention on the chronicle site! Guess that the Eric Clapton concert, the waitress who stopped a man drugging his date’s drink, and a missing dog are much more newsworthy.

    No wonder newspaper subscriptions are down!! Sites like Metroblogging etc. are awesome because we are finally taking this kind of journalism and news into our own hands, away from the gatekeepers.

    A little off topic, but still proves a point ;-)

  4. tyler82 (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 12:23 am

    Hmm seems that every time I checked the Chronicle this evening, there was no mention of the fire, then I saw you posted a link. Guess it wasn’t newsworthy enough to be up all evening, like the missing dog

    I still stand by my previous statement lol

  5. Courtney P (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    Anna, I recall hearing on the radio as well that there was a fire at Market and Van Ness. Even the Chron article I link to says the same!

    Tyler, I too, was disappointed by the Chron coverage. Agreed, this is a reason why Metblogs is great. :)

  6. tyler82 (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

    these people were lucky to have a fire station literally the next block over

  7. Adam (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 8:51 am

    Great work, Courtney!

  8. David (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

    A bunch of photos and video here.

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