sffd_officials.jpgA fire that hospitalized 10 people at a public housing building in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood on Saturday evening is being considered accidental, a fire department spokeswoman said today.

The one-alarm fire was reported at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday at 350 Ellis St., a 10-floor building run by the San Francisco Housing Authority, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Firefighters responded and controlled the fire by 5:40 p.m., Talmadge said.

Although the blaze was contained to a single unit on the building’s sixth floor, smoke spread to other rooms, prompting 10 people to be hospitalized, according to Talmadge. She did not know the extent of the victims’ injuries.

Although the exact cause of the fire remained under investigation as of this afternoon, it is not being considered suspicious, Talmadge said.

The blaze initially displaced about 200 people in the building, but most were able to return to their homes once the fire was extinguished.

The American Red Cross responded and helped 14 people who remained displaced by the fire as of Sunday.


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