Fire rips through San Francisco's famed Fisherman's Wharf

Joanna Estrada
May 23, 2020

More than 130 San Francisco firefighters battled a large fire that broke out early Saturday at a warehouse near landmark Fisherman's Wharf.

The warehouse, which holds fish processing equipment and a few offices, is typically unoccupied at night but homeless people have been seen in buildings and warehouses in the area, Baxter said. Some 100 firefighters were working at the scene, according to KCBS.

Firefighters had to pull back, as the scene became too unsafe, because flames had consumed so much of the building, and the walls were collapsing. The first fire truck to respond to the scene sustained some damage.

"Our firefighters absolutely saved the SS Jeremiah O'Brien during this fire as flames were pinching on the side of this vessel", Baxter said. KGO-TV in San Francisco reports that fireboats were able to salvage one of those ships, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

The warehouse structure reportedly began collapsing as crews arrived.

The fire was reported at about 4:30 a.m. at Pier 45 near Fisherman's Wharf
The fire was reported at about 4:30 a.m. at Pier 45 near Fisherman's Wharf

Firefighters say there were no injuries reported.

By about 8:30 a.m., there were still active flames in the warehouse and authorities were evaluating the structural integrity of the pier, but they were confident the fire was contained.

"This could very easily have been a conflagration".

Half of the pier was lost to the fire, the SFFD said. "At this time we do not have any indication that is the case, but that is one of the main points our fire investigator will be looking at".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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