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100-Plus Firefighters Battle 3-Alarm Blaze in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset

Written by Joel UmanzorUpdated at Aug. 09, 2023 • 1:58pmPublished Aug. 08, 2023 • 9:00pm
It took three hours and 100-plus firefighters to control the blaze that started late Tuesday at an apartment in the Inner Sunset before spreading to nearby buildings. | Source: Courtesy San Francisco Fire Department

More than 100 San Francisco firefighters spent three hours battling a three-alarm blaze that spread from a three-story apartment complex in the city's Inner Sunset Tuesday night before spreading to two other buildings.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which ignited Tuesday night around 8 p.m. on the second floor of Sunset Apartments, 1279 Eighth Ave., and was brought under control shortly before 11 p.m., according to San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Jonathan Baxter.

Bystander Dylan Lacy told The Standard that he saw emergency crews racing up the block as smoke and embers drifted from the brick apartment complex by popular Inner Sunset pizza joint Pasquale's.

"There are, you know, flashlights and guys climbing up to the top and water being pumped in," he said, adding that it looked like a big blaze from his vantage point.

Officials said the Red Cross is helping residents displaced by the fire.

The cause of the fire, SFFD said, is under investigation.

Liz Lindqwister contributed to this report.

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