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Firefighters respond to blaze under major San Francisco interchange

Flames are seen from Division Street near Ninth Street along the border between SoMa and Potrero Hill. | Astrid Kane/The Standard

The San Francisco Fire Department responded to a fire burning underneath the intersection of Interstate 80 and U.S. 101 early Monday evening.

Smoke billowed above the road decks in the wind, but both freeways were open to traffic as firefighters arrived on the scene a little after 6:30 p.m.

Although there are homeless encampments in the area and the blaze's location was reminiscent of a much-larger fire that shut down freeways and rail service in Oakland in July 2022, it was comparatively minor in scale and appeared to have ignited inside a fenced-off construction site.

Early July is typically a time when fires are somewhat common, owing to the Fourth of July, but there was no sign of fireworks.

Reached for comment, the San Francisco Fire Department merely stated that it was a "smal rubbish fire."

SFFD responded to the blaze shortly after 6:30 p.m. | Astrid Kane/The Standard

Astrid Kane can be reached at astrid@sfstandard.com