Mission District Fire Displaces Dozens

Saturday, Dec 29, 2012  |  Updated 6:04 PM PDT
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Mission District Fire Displaces Dozens

Josh Keppel

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After more than an hour battling a three-alarm fire in San  Francisco's Mission District Saturday morning the blaze was called under control,  a San Francisco fire dispatcher said.

Some 40 people were displaced by the fire after it tore through several apartments. In all, five homes were damaged.  Many of the victims said they were only able to get outside with the clothes on their backs.

    At least 31 people have sought help from  the American Red Cross following the fire.

Fire officials said 140 firefighters were called to the scene to fight the fire.

The fire was reported at a home on Capp near 23rd streets around  9:45 a.m., according to a dispatcher.

The blaze was under control at 11:18 a.m., the dispatcher said.

Fire officials did not list a cause, but said they are investigating. The good news is that no one was hurt.

The Red Cross opened an evacuation center after the fire to assist  the dozens who were displaced, according to spokeswoman Kathleen Maclay.

The center is closed now and no emergency shelter will be opened  tonight, Maclay said. A service center will be opened to assist residents on  an ongoing basis, but the location is not known yet.

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