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Muni bus takes out fire hydrant, soaks Fisherman’s Wharf street

Water spews from a fire hydrant after a Muni bus crashed into the it near Fisherman's Wharf on Nov. 5, 2022. | Courtesy San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798

City officials revealed on Wednesday that a Muni bus took out a fire hydrant and crashed into a fence Saturday night, gushing water onto the street a few blocks from Pier 39 in Fisherman's Wharf, a tourist hot spot.

The incident was reported at 10:27 p.m. on Powell and Beach streets near Muni's Kirkland Yard, where buses are stored and refueled, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Fire Department confirmed.

Firefighters shut off water flow to the fire hydrant at 10:31 p.m, according to the SFFD's spokesperson, Jonathan Baxter.

"It takes time. You have to locate the street shut off, then turn it off slowly," Baxter said. The water shut off valve was 29 feet away from the hydrant on this occasion.

There were no passengers on the bus when the collision occurred.

The transit agency said the cause of the collision is unknown at this time.

The fire hydrant is out of order and will be repaired by the Public Utilities Commission, the department said.

Garrett Leahy can be reached at garrett@sfstandard.com