At Least Four Displaced in Mission Terrace Fire

A one-alarm house fire displaced at least four people Wednesday night in San Francisco’s Mission Terrace neighborhood, a fire department spokeswoman said today.

The fire was reported in the 200 block of Otsego Avenue near Santa Ynez Avenue at about 8:15 p.m., San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Firefighters located the blaze on the second floor of a residential building and were able to bring the fire under control by about 8:50 p.m., according to Talmadge.

This is the second fire to impact residents in the neighborhood this week.

On Tuesday morning, a three-alarm fire at an auto repair shop displaced at least 16 residents and damaged surrounding buildings, Talmadge said.

Fire investigators determined that Tuesday’s blaze originated at Best Auto Care, an auto repair shop and gas station near the intersection of San Jose and Ocean avenues.

Firefighters received a report of the blaze at 12:34 a.m. Tuesday and brought it under control at 2:11 a.m., Talmadge said.

The auto repair shop, located at 2099 San Jose Ave. sustained $400,000 in damage to the property and $250,000 to its contents, Talmadge said.

An employee at the repair shop said he hopes the shop will be able to rebuild and reopen for business in three or four months.

Two residences in the 2000 block of San Jose Avenue behind the repair shop as well as a mixed-use building in the 300 block of Ocean Avenue adjacent to the repair shop were also damaged during the blaze.

The residences on San Jose Avenue sustained $250,000 in structural damage and $125,000 in damage to the building’s contents, Talmadge said.

The mixed-use building on Ocean Avenue sustained $800,000 in property damage and $200,000 in content damage, according to Talmadge.

The American Red Cross helped find shelter for at least 16 people displaced by the blaze, including three children, according to Talmadge.

No injuries were reported during either incident and investigators are still working to determine how the fires began, Talmadge said.

Hannah Albaraz, Bay City News

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