Fire Sirens Light Up Union Square Ahead of Shopping Season

Thursday, Oct 15, 2009  |  Updated 9:15 AM PDT
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Fire Sirens Light Up Union Square Ahead of Shopping Season

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 Nine San Francisco firefighters suffered smoke inhalation after fighting a smoky fire at San Francisco's famed Union Square Wednesday night.

The group was taken the emergency room for evaluation.

They were among dozens of firefighters who responded to a two-alarm fire that broke out in a high-rise building in the building that holds the Tiffany's store.

The fire was reported at about 6:55 p.m. in the 11-story building at 360 Post St., fire Lt. Ken Smith said. Responding firefighters found heavy smoke on every floor of the building.

Smith said the fire, which was electrical in nature, was located in the basement of the building and extinguished by about 7:25 p.m.

He said no merchandise inside the Tiffany store was damaged, but that the store would likely be closed Thursday because a large amount of  smoke entered the business. The store comprises the first two floors of the  building, Smith said.

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