Saturday afternoon, a fire at 324 10th Avenue, between Geary Boulevard and Clement Street in San Francisco grew into a three-alarm blaze. An adult male was rescued, as were two cats and two dogs — the latter pair of canines belonging to ABC7's Dion Lim.
The San Francisco Fire Department responded to reports of billowing black smoke in the Richmond District yesterday just shy of 2 p.m. in the afternoon. Upon arriving, it was found that three buildings were hit by the smoky fire; the blaze quickly grew in size and required additional fire engines to help contain the fire; the thick black smoke was described as turning a softer hue of gray before 3 p.m. by onlookers.
The @RedCross was on scene this afternoon in San Francisco assisting the residents impacted by this 3-alarm fire. Many thanks to the @SFFDPIO🚒for their incredible work containing this large fire and keeping the community safe! 👏 https://t.co/QiYOFUcPTn— Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region (@RedCrossNorCal) February 13, 2022
By 2:30 p.m, the more than 100 on-site firefighters had stopped the forward progress of the blaze, and they were certain at that point it wouldn’t spread to any other buildings. The Bay Area chapter of the Red Cross was also present to provide aid to those affected by the fire.
According to the Chronicle, the fire escalated from a two-alarm to a three-alarm blaze in just twenty minutes. The newspaper also reported that at least four individuals were displaced by the fire — with that number expected to grow.
ABC7 noted that an adult male had suffered injuries related to the fire, and the man was transported to a nearby hospital; he's expected to make a full recovery. Two cats were also saved from the blaze, as were two dogs... that just so happened to belong to the news outlet's own reporter Dion Lim.
"They were staying at our dog sitter while I worked late yesterday," said Lim, describing how grateful she is that her canines, George and Daphne, are safe, thanks to the efforts from SF firefighters. "PS: If I seem distracted anchoring the news about the Richmond District fire... this is why!"
The large city fire — which caused temporary delays on SF Muni's 38 bus route going both inbound and outbound — is still under investigation.
Photo: Courtesy of Twitter via @SFFDPIO