San Francisco's NoPa neighborhood was rocked early Monday morning by a three-alarm blaze that tore through multiple buildings on the 700 block of Masonic Avenue, requiring the evacuation of residents and sending two people to the hospital. The San Francisco Fire Department stated that the inferno began just before 3:25 a.m., and a total of 100 firefighters were dispatched to battle the flames, according to SFFDPIO's X post.
3rd Alarm Fire on 700 block of Masonic. Multiple buildings evacuated with a partial floor collapse. 1 person rescued and transported to local area hospital. Masonic between Hayes and Fulton is closed to traffic. Please avoid the area and find alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/atvTExY9Rt— SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDIA (@SFFDPIO) December 11, 2023
The blaze resulted in the collapse of the floor and roof of the originating building, where ongoing construction on the first floor was noted by fire officials. Among the injured, one person was rescued from the wreckage and taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and another—a woman—leaped from the third floor to escape the fire and suffered moderate injuries, as per the report by CBS News San Francisco.
Seven individuals were displaced due to the fire, amidst the evacuation of multiple buildings in the vicinity. The extent of this nighttime disruption stripped those affected of not just their belongings. The affected buildings remain restricted for entry, ensuring the safety of residents, with the exception of those given the green light to return to their homes in neighboring areas.
The segment of Masonic Avenue between Hayes and Fulton streets is close - as of the time of this article, and officials caution drivers to stay clear of the region and seek alternative routes. The firefighters have since contained the fire.