Arson Suspected After Mattress Fire That Injured One

One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation this afternoon after a fire in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood that investigators believe may have been intentionally set, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The fire was reported at 1:36 p.m. at 670 Natoma St. That address is the location of Canon Barcus Community House, a building that provides housing to extremely low-income residents and special needs residents.

Along with the one hospitalization, a second patient was assessed at the scene, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said. Talmadge did not know the extent of the victims’ injuries.

The fire apparently started on a mattress in the building and investigators are treating it as an arson case, Talmadge said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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