sffd_officials.jpgA fire that killed a man in an apartment building near St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco on Wednesday caused about $600,000 in damage to the building, a fire department spokeswoman said today.

The fire, which was reported at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, caused about $500,000 in damage to a three-story building at 65 Cleary Court, located near Laguna Street, and caused about $100,000 in damage to the building’s contents, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The blaze started in an apartment on the second floor and spread to a third-story unit, Talmadge said.

On Friday morning, the man killed in the fire was identified by the medical examiner’s office as 78-year-old Roosevelt Watts.

Watts, a San Francisco resident, was in an apartment on the second floor, Talmadge said.

Two other men suffered smoke inhalation but declined to be taken to a hospital, while one firefighter suffered a minor laceration, according to Talmadge.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Talmadge said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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