Early this morning, a two-alarm fire erupted in a multi-residential building in San Francisco's Mission District, at 975 Valencia Street. Firefighters immediately responded, rescuing occupants trapped on all three floors of the building. The San Francisco Fire Department confirmed that five people were saved, and three others were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
UPDATE— SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDIA (@SFFDPIO) November 14, 2023
This two-alarm fire at 975 Valencia Street is now under control with 5 rescued by #SFFD, and 3 transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries- @RedCrossNorCal being called to assist with potentially 8 displaced.
This fire was active on all three floors… https://t.co/UzVlsK6xMS pic.twitter.com/6VaNAybSXg
Capt. Jonathan Baxter, of the San Francisco Fire Department, discussed the prompt and heroic actions taken by the 70 firefighters who responded to the incident in an article by The Standard. The emergency personnel contained the fire by 7 a.m., avoiding any injuries amongst themselves.
The aftermath of the fire finds likely eight individuals displaced, with the Red Cross stepping in to assist. The San Francisco Fire Department also acknowledged the critical contributions of onsite police officers, actively diverting traffic and providing comfort to the shaken residents.
Expressing compassion for the victims, Capt. Baxter affirmed, "Though quite scary, a friendly face reassuring you that everything will be OK always helps in such situations."
Meanwhile, investigators are thoroughly searching to pinpoint the origin of the fire on all three floors of the building as reported by The Standard. The collaboration among emergency responders, police officers, and the Red Cross reflects the community's effort in responding to this tragic incident.