Fire At Maverick Restaurant Caused $400,000 In Damage, Displaced Eight

A fire at a Mission District restaurant on Friday caused an estimated $400,000 in damage and displaced eight people from upstairs apartments, a San Francisco fire spokeswoman said today.

The fire was reported at 8:12 a.m. Friday at the Maverick Restaurant, located at 3316 17th St., near Mission Street.

Firefighters responded and extinguished the blaze at 9:03 a.m.

Fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the fire caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to the three-story building destroyed about $100,000 in contents.

There was also about $2,000 in water damage to the upstairs apartments, Talmadge said.

She said all eight residents displaced from the units are adults.

Investigators have determined that the fire was accidental but its exact cause has not been determined, according to Talmadge.

An owner of Maverick said Friday that the blaze apparently started in the restaurant’s kitchen.

A statement posted on the restaurant’s website over the weekend thanked community members for their support and offers to help.

“It’s super difficult to see something we have cultivated, nurtured, and grown go up in smoke. We will be back better and stronger but it’s going to be a while,” the statement said. “Our hearts go out to the displaced renters upstairs and the best group of employees we have ever known.”

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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