sffd_firefighters.jpg9:30 PM: The American Red Cross has established a shelter for about 26
residents displaced by a suspicious fire in San Francisco’s Tenderloin area, according to a statement from the organization.

The residents displaced by a suspicious apartment building fire at 550 Leavenworth Street may seek shelter at the City of Refuge building at 1025 Howard Street, the statement said.

The blaze was reported at the apartment building at 8:30 a.m. this morning, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

Crews took about an hour to control the fire and no injuries were reported.

Arson investigators deemed the fire suspicious, but no information was immediately available to the cause of the fire.

The Red Cross will provide food, shelter and counseling services for families displaced by the fire, and the shelter will remain open until residents can return home or find alternative housing.

Anyone interested in volunteering time or making a donation for those affected by the fire may contact 1-888-4-HELP-BAY.

xt2:06 PM:Police are investigating a suspicious two-alarm fire that burned in a Tenderloin apartment building this morning and displaced several residents, a police spokesman said.

Fire was reported in a multi-unit building at 550 Leavenworth Street near Geary Street at around 8:30 a.m., San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said.

The fire was controlled in about an hour and no injuries were reported.

Arson investigators were called to the scene and the fire has been deemed suspicious.

The fire department said several of the building’s residents have been displaced and were looking for temporary alternative housing.

According to Twitter user allysoneb “The building is gutted. ~10 people lost apts. Supposedly a cooking fire. Red Cross is using my building’s ballroom as home base.”

Further information was not immediately available.

9:23 AM: Firefighters in San Francisco this morning are responding to a fire in an apartment building in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

Fire has been reported in a residential building at 550 Leavenworth near Geary Street, a dispatcher with the San Francisco Fire Department said.

Further information was not immediately available.

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