3:35 PM: Three people, including a firefighter, were hospitalized with smoke inhalation as a result of a five-alarm fire burning in San Francisco’s Mission District this afternoon, a fire spokeswoman said.

Other people have been evaluated and treated at the scene as a result of the blaze that started shortly after 1 p.m. at 2632 Mission St., the address listed for Big House Inc., a retail store, San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Talmadge said the three-story building had a large amount of inventory inside from its floor to its ceiling and that the roof of the building collapsed as a result of the fire.

The blaze was initially reported as requiring a two-alarm response but grew to five alarms by 2:15 p.m. and had not been extinguished as of 3:30 p.m.

Mission Street between 22nd and 23rd streets as well as parts of Valencia and Capp streets have been shut down by authorities responding to the blaze. Police said there is a lot of plastic burning in the fire and advised people to stay away.

Talmadge said the fire has been contained to a single building but several surrounding buildings sustained smoke and water damage. She said about 130 firefighters responded to the scene to make sure the blaze did not spread elsewhere.

The owner of New Mission City at 2626 Mission St., the business next door to where the fire was initially reported, said his whole store and all of its merchandise were destroyed in the fire.

Residents were also evacuated from nearby homes as a result of the fire.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen from throughout much of San Francisco this afternoon.

2:41 PM: Residents have been evacuated near the scene of a five-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Mission District this afternoon, fire officials said.

The blaze was reported at 1:02 p.m. at 2632 Mission St., a commercial building listed as the address of Big House Inc., a retail store.

The fire was initially reported as requiring a two-alarm response, but grew to five alarms by 2:15 p.m. and has sent thick black smoke billowing through the Mission District, fire officials said.

Firefighters evacuated residents in the 100 block of Bartlett Street, directly behind the fire, a resident said.

The resident said she was evacuated shortly after seeing flames pouring into her backyard from the back of the building on Mission Street.

Mission Street between 22nd and 23rd streets as well as parts of Valencia and Capp streets have been shut down by authorities responding to the blaze. Police said there is a lot of plastic burning in the fire and advised people to stay away.

The owner of New Mission City at 2626 Mission St., the business next door to where the fire was initially reported, said his whole store and all of its merchandise were destroyed in the fire.

Yinka Adeyemi, a security guard at Skechers, located nearby at 2600 Mission St., said he was inside working at about 1 p.m. when his manager told all customers and employees to evacuate because of the fire.

2:19 PM: A fire burning at a building in San Francisco’s Mission District has reached five alarms this afternoon, fire officials said.

The blaze was reported at 1:02 p.m. at 2632 Mission St., a two-story commercial building that is listed as the address of Big House Inc., a retail store.

The fire reached three alarms at 1:44 p.m. A fourth alarm was called for at 2:05 p.m. and the fifth was called about 10 minutes later, fire officials said.

The fire has sent smoke billowing through the Mission District and prompted the shutdown of Mission Street between 22nd and 23rd streets as well as parts of Valencia and Capp streets. Police said there is a lot of plastic burning in the fire and advised people to stay away.

Yinka Adeyemi, a security guard at Sketchers, located at 2600 Mission St., said he was inside working at about 1 p.m. when his manager told all customers and employees to evacuate because of the fire.

2:10 PM: A three-alarm fire continues to burn this afternoon at a retail store in San Francisco’s Mission District, fire officials said.

The fire was reported at 1:02 p.m. at 2632 Mission St., the address of Big House Inc. Fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the building is a two-story commercial building.

The blaze sent large amounts of smoke through the neighborhood and has prompted the closure of Mission Street between 22nd and 23rd streets and parts of Valencia and Capp streets.

No injuries have been reported in the fire, which had not been extinguished as of 1:45 p.m.

Hannah Albarazi/Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • misfit

    why would they allow businesses to have so much flammable material within it’s space. It’s just fuel, waiting to burn. Homes are deemed unsafe that are stuffed full why not businesses, especially in high density areas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sunk818 sunk818

    It is the Mission District. What do you expect? You could ask the same about 8 people living in a one bedroom apartment.