First responders fight a massive fire that emitted at a warehouse early Saturday, May 23, 2020 in San Francisco. Showing up crews were confronted with transcending flames engulfing the warehouse.
SAN FRANCISCO — A fire immersed a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick tuft of smoke over the waterfront and taking steps to spread to a historic World War II-era ship before firefighters managed the flames.
No injuries have been accounted for and firefighters were making multiple searches to ensure nobody was inside the building on Pier 45, San Francisco Fire Lt. Jonathan Baxter told reporters from the scene.
The warehouse, which holds fish processing equipment and a couple of offices, is commonly abandoned around evening time yet homeless people have been seen in buildings and warehouses in the area, Baxter said.
“That is something of grave concern, that is the reason we’re effectively attempting to confirm in the event that anybody saw anybody in this building,” he told KGO-TV.
The fire broke out before first light and tore through the warehouse close to the finish of the concrete pier, causing its walls to collapse, Baxter said. The first fire truck to respond to the scene sustained some harm.
In excess of 130 firefighters battled the flames, with some using ladder trucks to soak the warehouse from above. A fireboat was used to secure the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a liberty ship that stormed Normandy on D-Day in 1944. The ship docks by Pier 45 and is a well-known tourist attraction.
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“Our firefighters absolutely saved the SS Jeremiah O’Brien during this fire as flames were squeezing on the side of this vessel,” Baxter said.
Coast Guard crewmembers and police assisted by getting different vessels far from the pier.
Fire investigators were assessing any harm to the pier and were investigating the cause of the burst, Baxter said.