Another fire at the same spot at 22nd and Mission wtf? pic.twitter.com/mp9YnDUj6O— Jess Montejano (@JessMontejano) April 26, 2016
The shell of a building on the busy corner of 22nd and Mission Streets played host to its third fire in just over a year last night, as firefighters once again rushed to the scene in hopes of preventing the blaze from spreading to nearby apartment buildings and businesses. Thankfully, reports Mission Local, the fire was contained roughly twenty minutes after the crew's arrival, and no one was reported injured.
In response, Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission District, announced via a late-night press release that he would hold a press conference today at noon in front of the badly damaged building in order to unveil new legislation designed to improve fire safety citywide. According to KQED News, if passed, the law would mandate stricter standards for fire alarms and measures to slow the spread of flames should a building catch fire.
“If some of these measures had been in place, perhaps we could have saved a life or two,” Campos told the channel Monday, adding that the legislation would allow for civil fines of building owners who fail to comply. “It sends a message to property owners that the city is serious about this and we’re going to hold them accountable and they better follow the letter and spirit of the law."
The legislation Campos is expected to propose will make no mention of sprinklers, KQED tells us, despite a 2015 report that 80 percent of SF buildings damaged by fire between 2010 and 2015 lacked sprinkler systems. “The data shows that sprinklers absolutely save lives,” Supervisor Jane Kim observed at the time the report was released.
🔥 Yet another fire at 22nd & Mission pic.twitter.com/26h5OxAeNI— Michael Margolis (@yipe) April 26, 2016
Although relatively small, the fire last night elicited responses of disbelief from those nearby. After all, it was only January of last year that the building first caught fire — likely the result of faulty wiring — displacing close to sixty residents and killing one in the process. Then, in March of this year, the building once again went up in flames — a result of squatters living in the cordoned-off building, we were told.
Firefighters start putting out fire at 22nd and Mission building, third fire there in little more than a year. pic.twitter.com/prIexNSOaG— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) April 26, 2016
While the cause of last night's incident is still under investigation, Mission Local notes that firefighters on scene could be heard discussing over the radio that it was likely caused by a tossed cigarette from the nearby luxury Vida apartment complex.
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