Fisherman's Wharf fire: Historic World War II ship saved from 4-alarm fire at San Francisco's Pier 45

Fisherman's Wharf fire: Historic World War II ship saved from 4-alarm fire at San Francisco's Pier 45

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A fire engulfed a warehouse at Pier 45 on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to spread to a historic World War II-era ship before firefighters brought the flames under control.The fire, which was reported around 4:40 a.m., was considered still active as of 9:40 a.m. Firefighters are expected to remain on scene throughout the afternoon. Tourists, residents and swimmers are asked to stay away from the area.The fire left haze and plumes of smoke over San Francisco and could be seen from other parts of the Bay Area.Firefighters tell ABC7 additional structures and the historic SS Jeremiah O'Brien ship were threatened by the fire.The warehouse at Pier 45 is a "total loss," though a fire boat was able to save the O'Brien ship, fire officials said just before 6:30 a.m.The ship, which is one of two remaining fully functioning Liberty ships launched during World War II, stormed Normandy on D-Day in 1944. The ship docks by the pier and is a popular tourist attraction."Our firefighters absolutely saved the SS Jeremiah O'Brien during this fire as flames were pinching on the side of this vessel," said San Francisco Fire Lt. Jonathan Baxter.A total of 150 firefighters and 50 fire apparatus responded to the scene. One firefighter was injured in the fire with a severe laceration to the hand and transported to a local ...
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