A fast moving fire at an apartment complex near San Francisco State University forced dozens of residents to evacuate overnight and injured two people inside. Christie Smith reports
A fast moving fire at an apartment complex near San Francisco State University forced dozens of residents to evacuate overnight and injured two people inside.
San Francisco firefighters said the two-alarm blaze was reported just before 1 a.m. Thursday on the sixth floor of a 12-story apartment complex on Cambon Drive.
Even though residents said false alarms have sounded off in the past, they quickly realized this one was real as masses started leaving the building with pets and belongings.
Also, firefighters received reports that oxygen tanks were exploding on their way to the fire and they made a "quick and aggressive" attack on the flames.
Asst. Deputy Chief Jose Velo said, “So high rise buildings requires evacuation, that’s one of the big efforts we have to do in a high rise building, evacuated the personnel because of the smoke, so it was a precautionary measure we took to evacuate the building.”
Up to 200 people waited outside for 45 minutes before they could return inside. Two people were injured and had to be transported to the hospital. Their injuries are unknown, but at least one of the required oxygen. Resident Britney Peterson said, “It was nerve wracking” while waiting to get word about the building.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.