San Francisco: Firefighters battle warehouse blaze on Fisherman’s Warf

San Francisco: Firefighters battle warehouse blaze on Fisherman’s Warf

Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. Early Saturday morning, 150 firefighters battled a massive blaze that threatened historical treasures along San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf — an effort that left a firefighter injured and damaged a fire engine. The fire, reported at 4:15 a.m., quickly tore through a large warehouse at the end of Pier 45. One firefighter who responded to the scene suffered a severe laceration to his hand, said San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Baxter. No other injuries were reported. Responding by land and by boat, firefighters scrambled to save the nearby Musée Mécanique — an interactive museum of 20th-century arcade games and mechanical machines — the World War II-era SS Jeremiah O’Brien, and other beloved tourist destinations. “We made it a priority to make sure we protected those buildings,” Baxter said. “And we did that successfully.” Firefighters managed to keep the fire from spreading beyond the warehouse — a facility with offices for tourist ferry operations including the Blue & Gold Fleet and the Red and White Fleet. It also was used as storage for fishing businesses. The warehouse was engulfed, sending up shooting flames and clouds of thick smoke visible for miles. The pier beneath the warehouse was damaged as well, and the fire department was working with the port to assess the structural integrity of the pier. A fire engine — Truck Company 13 — sustained heat damage. It was one of the first vehicles to respond to the blaze, and upon arrival ...
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