4 Injured, 25 Displaced In Major Richmond District Fire

A three-alarm residential structure fire this morning in the Richmond District injured four people, two of them critically, and displaced 25 residents, fire officials said.

The fire at 453 23rd Ave. was first reported around 2 a.m., according to the San Francisco Fire Department.

Three men were injured in the blaze and rescued by firefighters. Two of the victims suffered critical injuries, and the third suffered minor injuries, according to the fire department.

One of the men in critical condition suffered burns, and another suffered from smoke inhalation.

A firefighter was also injured, suffering a cut to the arm, but has already been released in good condition, fire officials said.

The fire was reported contained at 3:15am, and two adjoining three-story buildings were damaged in the blaze, according to the fire department.

A cat was rescued from one of the buildings.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. —Dennis Culver

Update, 9:32am: According to an SFPD report, the fire was caused by a candle that caught on a blanket owned by one of the injured men. 

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4 injured 25 displaced in major richmond district fire