Dog Killed After RV Catches Fire At 16th & Vermont [Updated]

Dog Killed After RV Catches Fire At 16th & Vermont [Updated]
Photo: Phill S./Hoodline
By Jessica Park - Published on December 05, 2016.

This afternoon, an RV parked on the 300 block of Vermont Street (near 16th Street) in Potrero Hill caught fire, killing a dog that was trapped inside and shutting down the block. 

Tipster Phill S., who sent in the photo above, said that the RV's owners were not present during the fire, which began around noon. Unfortunately, their dog was trapped inside and died during the fire. He added that a local merchant told him that this was the third vehicle fire in the neighborhood this month.

The intersection of 16th and Vermont streets has long been a flashpoint for Potrero Hill locals, who say that homeless RV campers swarm there to set up their vehicles. Back in April, city "homeless czar" Sam Dodge expressed interest in setting up an RV camp for people living out of their vehicles, but it's unclear what, if any progress the city has made on that effort. 

We've reached out to the SFFD regarding this incident, and will update when and if we get more information.

[Update, 4:10pm: A representative for the SFFD confirmed that the fire occurred around 11:32am. He said there were no injuries to people, and that the cause of the fire remains undetermined.]

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