Three Buildings Rendered Uninhabitable By Duboce Triangle Fire

A three-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Duboce Triangle neighborhood this afternoon has been extinguished after damaging three buildings and injuring one firefighter, fire officials said.

The fire was reported at 1:34 p.m. in the first block of Walter Street between Duboce Avenue and 14th Street. Firefighters called for a second alarm at 1:42 p.m. and a third around 2 p.m.

Smoke poured from the roof and filled the streets near Duboce Park as neighbors and residents looked on at the destruction.
The fire started behind a duplex at 34-36 Walter St. before engulfing the home and spreading to two adjacent buildings, fire officials said.

Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and kept the fire mostly contained to the first building, but there was smoke and fire damage to houses to the right and left, fire officials said.

They tore apart the roof of the house on the right as flames flickered on the edges of the shingles.

The fire on the two adjacent buildings was controlled by 2:49 p.m., fire officials said, but it took until 3:25 p.m. to fully control the fire at the duplex.

One firefighter was injured when melting tar fell through the roof and burned him, Deputy Fire Chief Mark Gonzales said. The firefighter was taken to the hospital to be treated.

The American Red Cross assisted residents at the three buildings this afternoon. Firefighters did not have an exact number of displaced residents but all three buildings will be uninhabitable at least temporarily, fire officials said.

The fire affected San Francisco Municipal Railway’s N-Judah light-rail and 22-Fillmore bus lines. Delays were expected through the area, Muni officials said.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

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