Massive fire hits Fisherman's Wharf but WW II ship saved

Massive fire hits Fisherman's Wharf but WW II ship saved

Firefighters were able to save a historic warship after a massive fire ripped through a warehouse at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco on Saturday morning. The fire broke out about 4:15 a.m. in a large warehouse at the end of Pier 45, said Lt. Jonathan Baxter, public information officer for the San Francisco Fire Department. The warehouse is not occupied at night, but homeless people are believed to go inside to sleep, Baxter said. The fire was quickly called to four alarms, drawing 150 firefighters and 50 pieces of firefighting apparatus to the scene. When the first truck responded, the flames were so high they reached above its aerial ladder. The truck sustained some damage as firefighters kept it in place to spray water on the fire, but it proved crucial in keeping the blaze from spreading, Baxter said. Flames also threatened the Jeremiah O’Brien, a World War II liberty ship that participated in the D-Day invasion and is now a tourist attraction. One fireboat, was positioned to protect the historic vessel and a second assisted in pumping thousands of gallons of water from the San Francisco Bay on the west side of the blaze, Baxter said. The only damage to the Jeremiah O’Brien was some minor paint bubbling, Baxter said. “We’re happy and proud to say we protected that piece of history, especially at the beginning of Memorial Day [weekend],” Baxter said. The walls of the warehouse collapsed, but firefighters were able to hold the flames to that ...
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