#061617WF1 (UPDATE3) so far we have kept this to 1300 Donner Ave with no exposures no injuries and no displaced AVOID AREA 1457 Hrs pic.twitter.com/iJtO097O2K— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) June 16, 2017
A fire at a Bayview warehouse has prompted a shelter-in-place, officials say, and has sent clouds of smoke into the San Francisco skies.
The San Francisco Fire department first announced the fire at 1300 Donner Avenue at 1:11 p.m. Friday. Matters quickly escalated, as SFFD then tweeted at 1:31 "AVOID AREA WE HAVE MANY HAZARDS ASSOCIATED TO THIS FIRE."
#061617WF1 (UPDATE1) Third Alarm Fire 1300 Donner No injuries media presser pushed to 215 at Donner and INGALLS pic.twitter.com/KwvlEYxXIz— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) June 16, 2017
#061617WF1 3rd Alarm Chief of Department will give update at 215pm SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER for 1 block N-S-W and 4 blocks E of 1300 Donner pic.twitter.com/2vP3ZGfKvW— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) June 16, 2017
By 2:19 p.m., the blaze was declared a four-alarm fire. According to SFFD spokesperson Lt. Jonathan Baxter, as of 3 p.m. there are 122 firefighters and 40 apparatus at the scene "to keep the fire from spreading."
4th Alarm Presser 1300Donner Ave https://t.co/SX43qxZn3K— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) June 16, 2017
It's around then that residents of the area near Third Street and Carroll Ave were ordered to shelter in place, and were told to "stay inside and close windows to reduce exposure to smoke."
1300 Donner Avenue is the location of what was once the United Brass Foundry. Since then, that business has shuttered, as fire officials say the burning structure "is a vacant metal shop."
#061617WF1 (UPDATE2) This is a vacant metal shop ACTIVE 4th Alarm Fire 1447 Hrs pic.twitter.com/s0v6vSM42D— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) June 16, 2017
#061617WF1 Using the High Pressure Auxiliary Water system on this fire pic.twitter.com/kctARQtMQw— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) June 16, 2017
As of 2:58 p.m., the SFFD says that "so far we have kept this to 1300 Donner Ave with no exposures no injuries and no displaced." According to the Chron, "rescue teams have done multiple sweeps of the building, but have found no one inside."
"There were electrical wires sparking and firefighters were concerned about the integrity of the warehouse’s walls," the Chron reports.
“There’s a lot of toxic materials inside,” SFFD chief Joanne Hayes-White said.
122 Firefighters and 40 apparatus on scene so we can keep this from spreading, which we have done so far. AVOID AREA 4th Alarm #061617WF1 pic.twitter.com/82irkErHKw— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) June 16, 2017
Smoke is pouring out of the roof of a San Francisco warehouse and firefighters are working from all sides. https://t.co/bYIvcx3fJ7 pic.twitter.com/oK6fVm4fSk— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) June 16, 2017
UPDATE: People located 1 block north-southwest and 4 blocks east of 1300 Donner Avenue ordered to shelter in place. https://t.co/Zw6FvizcSo pic.twitter.com/3dIBIhJYkg— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) June 16, 2017