SF Family Leaps to Safety During Fire

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    NEWSLETTERS

    NBC Bay Area
    Aftermath of fire on Apollo Street in San Francisco. Jan. 17, 2013

    A San Francisco family leaped to safety Friday morning to escape a fast moving fire that broke out last Thursday night. 
     

    Three family members jumped from windows at a cottage on Apollo Street in the Bayview District. 

    Firefighters say a father, mother and an adult son were inside the home sleeping upstairs.

    A family friend was sleeping downstairs.  That family friend was the first to wake everyone up and yell that a fire was burning downstairs. 

    As he was yelling for everyone to get out the flames chased him up the stairs, according to firefighter Michael Thompson.

    All four made it out; three suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to San Francisco General and St. Francis hospitals. 

    Firefighters say when they arrived they thought three buildings were on fire.  It turns out the cottage is connected to two others, but only one burned.  The units sit about 100 feet down a long driveway so crews had to drag a lot of hose to extinguish the flames.  Neighbors evacuated with just the clothes on their backs. 

    The cause of the one alarm fire is still under investigation.