10:15 PM: A four-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood this evening displaced more than a dozen residents.

The blaze was reported at 4:08 p.m. at a three-story building on the corner of Haight and Fillmore streets and was under control by 5:15 p.m.

No injuries were reported, a fire dispatcher said.

The first floor of the building is occupied by a Walgreen store while the top two floors contain 25 residential units.

The blaze started in a unit on the third floor and quickly spread to the attic and across the top of the building, Talmadge said.

The fire did not spread to the second floor, however that floor did sustain water damage, she said. The corner of the building appeared to sustain the most damage and windows were broken on a number of units on the top floor.

American Red Cross personnel were on the scene to assist the 14 residents who were displaced by the blaze.

Fire officials said the cause of the fire is not yet known, however investigators are responding to reports that early responders heard popping sounds. It was too soon to tell if the cause of the fire is considered suspicious, Talmadge said.

Pierre Pegeron, co-owner of the Lo-Cost Meat Market at 498 Haight St., said he was at work when he saw flames coming out of a window on the top floor of a residential building across the street.

He ran to the building and was soon joined by Gustavo Manzanares, who had been hired by the building’s owner to do some painting there.

Manzanares had a key to the building and opened the street-level door, and they began knocking on apartment doors to get residents out, Manzanares said.

“One gentleman was in his apartment right next door to where it started,” Manzanares said. He said the man grabbed his laptop and left the building.

Pegeron said that when he entered the building he sounded the fire alarm and grabbed an extinguisher, but was unable to put out the blaze.

“It was too intense,” he said.

Manzanares said at one point it looked like Pegeron was losing his strength. At that point, he said, “We just kind of grabbed each other and came out of there.”

Afterward, Pegeron was treated by paramedics and returned to his store.
“I got a little oxygen,” Pegeron said.

Speaking by phone from the meat market around 4:15 p.m., he said windows were shattering outside and there was a power pole in danger of falling.

6:03 PM: Firefighters continue to battle a fire that has grown to four alarms in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood.

The blaze was reported at 4:08 p.m. at a three-story building on the corner of Haight and Fillmore streets.

No injuries have been reported, a fire dispatcher said.

Flames and smoke were no longer visible as of 5:45 p.m., but firefighters are still on the scene putting out hot spots, according to fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.

The first floor of the building is occupied by a Walgreen store while the top two floors contain 25 residential units. The blaze started on the third floor and quickly spread across the top of the building, Talmadge said.

The fire did not spread to the second floor, however it did sustain water damage, she said. The corner of the building appeared to sustain the most damage and windows were broken on a number of units on the top floor.

American Red Cross personnel are on the scene to assist displaced residents although it was not immediately known how many residents are affected.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, also at the site of the fire, noted that many people were at work or on their way home when the fire broke out.

“Many do not know what has just happened to their housing,” he said.

Fire officials said the cause of the fire is not yet known, however investigators are responding to reports that early responders heard popping sounds. It was too soon to tell if the cause of the fire is considered suspicious, Talmadge said.

Emergency crews have closed the streets to traffic for a block in each direction. Several San Francisco Municipal Railway bus lines have been affected by the blaze. The 6, 22, and 71 lines have been rerouted as emergency crews continue to battle the fire, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

Pierre Pegeron, co-owner of the Lo-Cost Meat Market at 498 Haight St., said he was at work when he saw flames coming out of a window on the top floor of a residential building across the street.

He ran to the building and was soon joined by Gustavo Manzanares, who had been hired by the building’s owner to do some painting there.

Manzanares had a key to the building and opened the street-level door, and they began knocking on apartment doors to get residents out, Manzanares said.

“One gentleman was in his apartment right next door to where it started,” Manzanares said. He said the man grabbed his laptop and left the building.

Pegeron said that when he entered the building he sounded the fire alarm and grabbed an extinguisher, but was unable to put out the blaze.

“It was too intense,” he said.

Manzanares said at one point it looked like Pegeron was losing his strength. At that point, he said, “We just kind of grabbed each other and came out of there.”

Afterward, Pegeron was treated by paramedics and returned to his store.
“I got a little oxygen,” Pegeron said.

Speaking by phone from the meat market around 4:15 p.m., he said windows were shattering outside and there was a power pole in danger of falling.

sffire1.jpg

4:47 PM: Firefighters are battling a three-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood this afternoon.

The blaze was reported at 4:08 p.m. near Haight and Fillmore streets.

No injuries have been reported, a fire dispatcher said.

Pierre Pegeron, co-owner of the Lo-Cost Meat Market at 498 Haight St., said he was at work when he saw flames coming out of a window on the top floor of a residential building across the street.

He ran to the building and was soon joined by Gustavo Manzanares, who had been hired by the building’s owner to do some painting there.

Manzanares had a key to the building and opened the street-level door, and they began knocking on apartment doors to get residents out, Manzanares said.

“One gentleman was in his apartment right next door to where it started,” Manzanares said. He said the man grabbed his laptop and left the building.

Pegeron said that when he entered the building he sounded the fire alarm and grabbed an extinguisher, but was unable to put out the blaze.

“It was too intense,” he said.

Manzanares said at one point it looked like Pegeron was losing his strength. At that point, he said, “We just kind of grabbed each other and came out of there.”

Afterward, Pegeron was treated by paramedics and returned to his store.
“I got a little oxygen,” Pegeron said.

Speaking by phone from the meat market around 4:15 p.m., he said windows were shattering outside and there was a power pole in danger of falling.

Melissa McRobbie, Bay City News

4:28 PM: Firefighters are responding to a two-alarm structure fire in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood.

The blaze was reported at 4:08 p.m. near Haight and Fillmore streets, according to a fire dispatcher.

Want more news, sent to your inbox every day? Then how about subscribing to our email newsletter? Here’s why we think you should. Come on, give it a try.

Please make sure your comment adheres to our comment policy. If it doesn't, it may be deleted. Repeat violations may cause us to revoke your commenting privileges. No one wants that!
  • SFOG

    These two men are heros I hope they receive the recognition they deserve. And once again the SFPD rocks! Thank you SFappeal for a good job of reporting. My heart goes out the residents of the building.

  • SFOG

    These two men are heros I hope they receive the recognition they deserve. And once again the SFPD rocks! Thank you SFappeal for a good job of reporting. My heart goes out the residents of the building.