sfpd_arrestcuffs.jpgTwo people have been taken into custody in connection with a suspicious fire that caused an estimated $540,000 in damage to two residential buildings in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood on Thursday afternoon, a fire department spokeswoman said today.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 3:55 p.m. Thursday at 655 Andover St. and spread to an adjacent building at 659 Andover St. before being extinguished at 4:32 p.m., fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Two people were taken into custody after investigators determined the fire was suspicious, Talmadge said. The official cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, she said.

Police were not immediately available this afternoon to provide more details about the arrests.

One person was taken to Saint Francis Memorial Hospital to be treated for burn injuries from the fire, according to Talmadge.

The blaze caused $235,000 in damage to the building at 655 Andover St. and $75,000 to its contents, while 659 Andover St. sustained $180,000 to its structure and $50,000 to its contents, she said.

A total of 10 adults and six children have been displaced from the two buildings, Talmadge said. The displaced residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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