Fire Rips Through Artists' Warehouse 14th and Stevenson

This morning at 6:28am, Kyle Smeallie alerted us that there was a fire burning on Stevenson Street, off of 14th, in a warehouse that houses Benny Gold, artists, and a few other businesses.

As of 10:30 this morning, five engines remained on the scene, and the smell of burnt wood was still pungent through Civic Center.

An officer at the scene wasn't able to provide any details, but at least 15 people were left standing on the street.  We'll update if we hear more.

Weekend Fire at Truck

Around 9:30pm on Saturday night, the apartments above Truck at 15th and Folsom caught fire.  Reader Tuffy filled us in on what he knows:

My friend's house above Truck caught fire [Saturday] night. At least one person went to hospital with bad burns. No word on how the house or Truck fared.

We reached out for word on the bar, building, or resident's condition in light the fire, but were unable to hear or find anything conclusive.  One witness of Twitter claimed that “the entire contents of the bar Truck” was on 15th and Folsom, but it's unclear what that meant (perhaps patrons?).  We'll update this post if we hear more.

Update, from Tuffy:

The fire apparently started with some gas cans and one if the residents rushed to get them out of the house. Some gas spilled in him and he received some burns on his hands and legs but saved the building.

Update II: Dj Honeycutt, the badass who put out the fire's girlfriend is raising money for his medical bills, as he's uninsured.  As you can see, it looks bad, so help out if you can.

[Photo by Rob Brambley]

Maverick Restaurant Hit in Morning Fire

According to KRON 4, the fire department just finished extinguishing a 2-alarm blaze at 17th and Mission's Maverick Restaurant that broke out around 8:30 this morning.  No word if anyone was injured.

41 Acre San Bruno Mountain Fire, As Seen From the Mission

During yesterday's unacceptably hot afternoon, many Dolores Park goers stood agape a the sight of a massive fire to the south of Valencia (before saying “whatever” and heading to the park as planned).  Turns out La Lengua was't going up in flames, it was just a 41-acre wildfire torching San Bruno Mountain.  Via ABC7:

 A four-alarm fire burning on San Bruno Mountain in South San Francisco sent a large plume of smoke in the air that was visible from several miles away. Dry conditions helped fuel the blaze that was reported at about 1:55 p.m. Saturday.

Over 100 firefighters battled the blaze and stayed through the night to make sure it didn't reignite because at one point the flames were so tall, they were as high as Eucalyptus trees.

It was a full-fledged fire fight from the get go. Flames quickly ate up the dry vegetation on the San Bruno Mountain.

Read on.

(Thanks for the photo, Brenda!)

We're number 1!

We did it

We won

We're World Champs

Somehow, we pulled through to put Detroit in its rightful place

We celebrated in an alternative fashion

We blogged it, live

We brought out our hummers and paraded down the street

Even our custodial crew got in on the fun

We popped bottles

We destroyed an Uber cab

We lived, we laughed, we loved.

And that's it, friends. We've done it all, we've lived it all. If I had the strength, I'd cry. I bid you all goodbye, and so farewell.

Epic Blaze at Pier 29

Local messenger Storts is out taking photos of a raging three-alarm blaze at Pier 29, site of the upcoming America's Cup.  Details are not readily available, but SFgate has a little on it:

The fire broke out shortly before 2 p.m. It has affected Muni service in the area, with the F Line historic streetcars being turned around at the Ferry Building.

The pier is part of an area being reconstructed to host next year's America's Cup yacht race. The building is believed to be unoccupied, and no injuries have been reported.

Watching Your Apartment Burn

Our pal Tiffany Bukowski is one of the 31 people displaced by this week's 4-Alarm fire on Haight and Fillmore, and see gives us a little insight into what goes through your mind as your neighbor runs down the hall yelling “fire”:

That’s the moment. The moment when you can see the avalanche approaching. The fire is at the doorstep. For some reason, my first thought was to lock the door and huddle in the closet furthest from the blaze. But Pierre, our neighborhood butcher, was yelling, “GO! GET OUT!” And that was when I thought, “What do I take?”

It’s one of those absurd questions you hear time & time again - what do you grab when the house is on fire? Let me tell you, it is not a moment born out of deep contemplation but the instant panic of loosing everything. First, my computer. On the couch. Then I turned around, grabbed my cell phone, keys, and finally my LC-A+ sitting on the counter top. The men were screaming louder now and between the knock on the door and me hopping over the broken glass of the fire extinguisher box: 12 seconds.

From emails to barefoot on the sidewalk: 30 seconds. Max. Wearing nothing but pink shorts and a white T-shirt, I looked up to the corner apartment and saw just how bad everything was. People were already gathered with their phones and cameras… there were no fire trucks. I started dialing friends and then my parents. No one tells you how difficult a touch-sensitive phone is to operate when your fingers are shaking. [Keep Reading]

Like so many of her neighbors, Tiffany is now homeless and most everything she owns is charred. So if you have any spare gift certificates, good books, or other apartment furnishings you can donate, send 'em her way at The Homeless Tiffy Donation Fund: 309 Sutter Street / San Francisco, CA / 94108.