Wasteland, Booksmith and El Faro have been evacuated and Haight Street has been closed from Clayton to Belvedere this evening as the SFFD responded to a fire in the area.
As of 5:45pm, witnesses reported that firefighters were on the roofs of the three buildings that had been evacuated, and that the fire may have originated from the Tikka Masala & Pizza building, though that's unconfirmed at this point. (Update: one SFFD respondent on the scene has told us that the fire originated from a residential unit above Tikka Masala and that it was "contained in a doorway.")
Fire trucks deployed in haight and belvedere streets, hero firefighters at work. pic.twitter.com/vqPmZguAmq— Jaclyn Opritza (@jaclynopritza) July 13, 2015
Part of Haight Street shut down by fire. Yet another fire at the Indian restaurant?? pic.twitter.com/4QSk5omlMC— Andrew Wooster (@wooster) July 13, 2015
Service of the 6-Haight/Parnassus, 7-Haight/Noriega, and N-Judah shuttle is affected, with up to eight buses reported stuck on Haight at either end of the closure.
Fire on haight street means 5 fire trucks and my bus getting stuck in it. Walking home sounds like a great idea— Jade (@thejades_) July 13, 2015
As of 6pm, firefighters were packing up and it appeared the fire had been extinguished. We'll update this story with more details about what happened as we get them.
Update, 6:54pm: The street closure has lifted and the first bus has been allowed to pass through.
Update, 7/13: According to the SFFD, the fire originated on an outside stairwell leading to a penthouse apartment. The resident tried to put it out with water, so that person was examined for smoke inhalation, but nobody was reported as injured. There was no damage to any businesses, and nobody was displaced.