Firefighters extinguished a small fire outside a hotel near San Francisco’s Union Square early this morning.
Rodel Jardeleza, a manager at the Park Hotel, located at 325 Sutter St., said the blaze appears to have been started by homeless individuals barbequing in a nearby alley, but said the fire didn’t cause much damage to the hotel or surrounding buildings.
Jardeleza said the smell of smoke got inside the hotel and the surrounding businesses, possibly damaging the merchandise of high-end retailers located nearby.
San Francisco police officers reported seeing the fire outside the Park Hotel and called for assistance from the fire department.
Firefighters responded to the scene at about 1:45 a.m. and quickly extinguished the blaze, according to fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.
Talmadge said that based on the evidence found at the scene, the fire appears to have been intentional but that no suspects have been detained.
Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News