Damage from a basement fire last night just before 9 p.m. at 662 Clay Street, a three-story building consisting of housing and SRO units over commercial units, has temporarily displaced more than 60 residents. It's also temporarily shuttered Alfred's Steakhouse, whose entrance is on the other side of the building in the alley of Merchant Street (near Kearny).

Firefighters soon reported the two-alarm fire as contained, and were hopeful residents would be able to reoccupy the space quickly. The American Red Cross had offered to help shelter the residents, and no injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, Alfred's General Manager Lisa Robbins tells SFist that smoke damage in the basement will close the restaurant temporarily. "We really hope it's days, not weeks. We're still having the damage assessed, and we're planning to close for the rest of this week and get reopened as fast as we can."


Alfred's, opened in 1928, was taken over by the Daniel Patterson Group in 2015, updated extensively, and reopened in February 2016. "After having remodeled the place just over a year ago this is a little bit heartbreaking," Robbins said. No need to worry about the bright red booths, though: "The whole first floor of the restaurant is fine, the damage is all really in the basement."

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