Fire Breaks Out On San Francisco's Historic Fisherman's Wharf
Written by Huffingtonpost on May 23, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fireplace engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to unfold to a historic World Warfare II-era ship earlier than firefighters introduced the flames below management.
One firefighter sustained a hand damage whereas battling the hearth on the warehouse the scale of a soccer area on Pier 45, San Francisco Fireplace Lt. Jonathan Baxter mentioned.
Baxter mentioned after the hearth subsided, investigators scoured the constructing to find out whether or not homeless individuals have been inside.
“That’s one thing of grave concern, that’s the reason we’re actively making an attempt to verify if anyone noticed anyone on this constructing,” he advised KGO-TV.
“To our information … no person is meant to be within the constructing and we hope … that there isn’t any sufferer,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, at the least two employees advised the San Francisco Chronicle they have been contained in the fish processing and storage warehouse when the hearth broke out earlier than daybreak.
Alejandro Arellano, who works for La Rocca Seafood, was cleansing out a fish storage locker when the hearth started, shortly after four a.m..
“I noticed numerous smoke. A couple of minutes later, hearth all over the place,” he mentioned. “It was very, very scary. I’ve by no means seen something prefer it.”
The hearth tore by means of the warehouse close to the top of the concrete pier, inflicting its partitions to break down, Baxter mentioned. The flames singed the primary hearth truck to answer the scene, forcing firefighters to show their hoses on the car to put it aside, he mentioned.
Greater than 130 firefighters fought the flames, with some utilizing ladder vehicles to drench the warehouse from above. A fireplace boat was used to guard the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a liberty ship that stormed Normandy on D-Day in 1944.
“Our firefighters completely saved the SS Jeremiah O’Brien throughout this hearth as flames have been pinching on the facet of this vessel,” Baxter mentioned.
The ship docks by Pier 45 and is amongst quite a few vacationer sights on the wharf, a maritime hub for cruises round San Francisco Bay in addition to fishing boats hauling within the catch of the day. Guests come for the Dungeness crabs, clam chowders served in sourdough bread bowls, the ocean lions that hang around on the floating docks and retailers and curiosities on Pier 39.
Retailers and eating places on the wharf have been shut by the town’s stay-at-home order to gradual the unfold of the coronavirus and have been anticipated to reopen on Could 31.
The hearth was confined to the top of the pier, properly away from the Musée Mécanique and its historic arcade video games and the favored restaurant Alioto’s.
Fishing corporations which have been working out of Pier 45 mentioned the hearth exacerbated an already robust enterprise local weather brought on by the pandemic.
Kenny Belov, proprietor of the seafood wholesaler TwoXSea, advised the Chronicle his constructing close to the warehouse was not broken however he nervous an influence outage on the pier may damage the fish in his freezer.
“Not that it might ever want this, however the seafood trade didn’t want this now,” Belov mentioned. “It’s surreal. We’ve clearly had a tricky go the final couple months, with eating places (closed). … Of all the issues on this planet, this isn’t an enormous one. But it surely’s irritating.”
Coast Guard crew members and police assisted by maintaining different vessels away from the pier.
Fireplace investigators have been assessing any harm to the pier and have been wanting into the reason for the blaze, Baxter mentioned.
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