Investigators for the San Francisco Fire Department have determined that a house fire in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood late Sunday night was accidental and caused up to $25,000 in damage.
Two women, a woman in her 80s and another woman in her 60s, were rescued from the two-story home but were severely burned and remain hospitalized today, said San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge.
She said the resident of the house was an elderly woman and the other woman rescued was her caregiver, who was staying in the house with her. She said that because of the elderly woman’s age, her injuries were considered life-threatening.
Talmadge said investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause of the fire, but they believe it may be related to cigarettes.
San Francisco firefighters responded to the one-alarm fire at 1980 Jackson St. around 11:30 p.m., Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Burke said.
The blaze was under control just before midnight, Burke said. The home sustained significant damage to the bedroom and the roof. Talmadge said the damage estimate provided by investigators included $15,000 to $20,000 of structural damage, and about $5,000 of damage to the home’s contents.
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