3-Alarm Fire at San Francisco Auto Body Shop

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    A large plume of smoke can be seen for miles coming from a 3-alarm industrial fire burning Monday afternoon at an auto body shop in San Francisco's Bayview District. NBC Bay Area's Sam Brock and Cheryl Hurd report. (Published Monday, Feb. 24, 2014)

    Six people escaped injury Monday afternoon after a three-alarm blaze ripped through a cab company service garage in San Francisco's Bayview District.

    The fire, reported at 11:53 a.m., was brought under control around 3 p.m., fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

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    The blaze caused the roof to collapse at the building, which was still smoldering Monday afternoon, Talmadge said.

    Charles Rathbone, assistant manager with Luxor Cab Co., said the fire destroyed a service garage on Upton Street that the company used for maintenance and repairs.

    "It's a total loss," Rathbone said.

    He said all employees inside the building escaped without any injuries.

    However, he said, "We lost a bunch of cars in there, including a beautiful 1938 Plymouth we had hoped to showcase as part of our history."

    Luxor was one of the city's first cab companies, operating since 1928.

    "It's nothing that money can't fix," Rathbone said of the fire. "Nobody was hurt so we're fortunate in that event."

    Employees at other neighboring businesses were also evacuated because of the fire, which prompted the closure of several nearby streets.

    The blaze caused a large plume of smoke that was seen as far away as the East Bay.



    Bay City News contributed to this report.