sffd_firefighters.jpgFirefighters controlled a one-alarm house fire this morning in San Francisco’s Sunnyside neighborhood that spread to a neighboring home and caused about $350,000 in damage, a fire battalion chief said.

San Francisco firefighters responded to 55 Melrose Ave. just before 2:30 a.m. to find heavy smoke and flames burning through the roof of the two-story home, fire Battalion Chief Bryan Rubenstein said.

Strong winds spread the blaze to the house next door on the right, damaging its exterior and kitchen, Rubenstein said.

Crews made an aggressive attempt battling the fire from inside the original home and it was contained by about 2:50 a.m., he said.

No one was inside the house where the fire started, but a family of three was evacuated from the neighboring house. There were no injuries, Rubenstein said.

The fire is believed to have started in the living room, but its cause is under investigation.
Each house is estimated to have sustained about $175,000 in damage.

Rachel Purdy, Bay City News

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