sffd_firefighters.jpgOne fire caused extensive damage to a four-story apartment building in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood, and another displaced about 20 people from a building in SOMA on Tuesday night, a fire department spokeswoman said today.

The one-alarm Chinatown blaze was reported at 10:24 p.m. at 847 Clay St., spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The fire started in an apartment on the second story of the building, but the flames traveled up to the third and fourth floors through a light well, damaging units on those floors as well, Talmadge said.

Firefighters responded and extinguished the blaze by 11:15 p.m., she said.

A damage estimate was not yet available this morning, but Talmadge said a total of six units were affected. The cause remains under investigation.

The American Red Cross placed two families in hotels, but the rest of the residents wanted to stay in their apartments despite the water in the building being shut off, Red Cross spokeswoman Elizabeth Shemaria said.

The two-alarm South of Market fire displaced about 20 people Tuesday night, and investigators remained at the scene this morning trying to determine the cause, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The blaze was reported at about 8:30 p.m. by several passersby who saw flames at 230 11th St., a four-story building that contains residential and commercial space, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Firefighters responded and extinguished the blaze by about 9 p.m., Talmadge said.

The American Red Cross responded and placed two families in hotels, Red Cross spokeswoman Elizabeth Shemaria said. The rest of the displaced residents found other places to stay overnight.

No one was injured in either blaze.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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