Demolition In Full Swing On Hattie Street Home Destroyed By Fire

Last October, a four-alarm fire ravaged a two-unit family dwelling at 35 Hattie St. in the Castro, displacing its seven residents.

Now, 14 weeks after the fire took place, demolition crews are on the scene to finally remove remnants of the building, which was constructed in 1887.

Over 120 firefighters responded to the October 20th blaze, which was visible from Twin Peaks, and three of them sustained injuries while fighting the fire.

SFFD spokesperson Jonathan Baxter told us that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“We rely on a detailed scientific investigation, and we don’t jump to quick conclusions,” he said. “It’s going to take longer for a four-alarm fire like this.”

Depending on the severity of the fire, it takes between eight and 20 weeks to determine a cause, Baxter said. "And there were three buildings involved with this fire, so it could take a bit longer.”

We reached out to the Human Services Agency of San Francisco to learn more about the fate of the seven displaced people who resided in the home, but they did not respond by publication time. 

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