Tuesday’s Tenderloin Fire Caused By Errant Barbecue

A two-alarm fire that burned on the roof deck of a Tenderloin apartment building on Tuesday evening was caused by a barbecue that got knocked over, a San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman said today.

The blaze was reported at 5:14 p.m. Tuesday at 519 Ellis St., where heavy smoke was coming from the roof, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire by about 5:30 p.m. with no injuries reported, Talmadge said.

Talmadge said the heavy amount of smoke was from when the barbecue got knocked over and tar on the roof deck began burning.

The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to the building’s structure and about $5,000 to other property, she said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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