sffd_officials.jpgThe cost of a two-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood last Friday came to light today as investigators tallied over half a million dollars in damage.

The cause of the blaze, which burned two buildings in the 2500 block of California Street, is still under investigation, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

One aspect being investigated is a possible connection between the fire and welding work that was being done on one of the involved buildings earlier Friday, Talmadge said.

The fire appears to have started between the two affected structures. It was reported from a building at 2560 California St. at about 6 p.m. Friday. Firefighters controlled the blaze in about 40 minutes.

Talmadge said today that the fire caused about $300,000 in damage to the structure of one building, which houses 2550 and 2554 California Street, and $200,000 in damage to the building’s contents.

Two people were displaced from 2554 California St., which contained four apartments housing six adults, said Steve Sharp, a public affairs coordinator for the American Red Cross.

The other building, at 2560 California St., sustained about $100,000 in structural damage, Talmadge said.

Sharp said the Red Cross offered the displaced residents shelter, but they did not require it because they had places to stay.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital.

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