One Person Injured, Two Buildings Damaged in Cole Valley Fire

A two-alarm fire damaged two buildings in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood Monday night and injured one person, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The fire at 1053 Clayton St., first reported at 8:36 p.m., began in the middle unit of the three-unit building, according to San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.

The fire extended to neighboring 1065 Clayton St., and a second alarm was called at 8:47 p.m.

The fire was contained at 9:23 p.m. and brought under control at 9:47 p.m., Talmadge said.

One patient from the building where the fire started was transported to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation, but Talmadge said the injuries were not life-threatening. No firefighters were injured.

Five people were displaced from the first building and two from the second, but the displacements are likely to be temporary as the buildings appeared to be habitable, Talmadge said. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation, but it appears to be accidental in nature, Talmadge said.

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

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