The fire was reported at 12:07 p.m. at Jeremiah’s Pick Coffee Co., located at 1495 Evans Ave., San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.
The blaze apparently started in the roaster in the warehouse where the coffee is made, Talmadge said. Flames spread to the roof, and a second alarm was called because black smoke was spewing into the air, she said.
A firefighter was injured when some debris at the warehouse fell on him, and he was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, Talmadge said. She did not know his condition as of this afternoon but said, “It was a pretty serious injury.”
Two other people near the warehouse were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but did not require hospitalization, she said.
Talmadge said firefighters had difficulty battling the blaze because they could not access the rear of the building, but the fire was eventually controlled at 12:49 p.m
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is not considered suspicious.
Bernadette Scarbrough, the coffee company’s office manager, said the fire started while the coffee beans were roasting.
Scarbrough said the blaze should not have too much of an adverse effect on the business.
“We should be back up and running by the end of the week,” she said.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News