A house fire in San Francisco's Oceanview neighborhood burned four homes and injured two people Friday morning, and at least one man acted heroically, trying to save those inside.
"I said, 'Son, we got people in there,'" Brent Walker recounted of what happened shortly after 6:35 a.m., when a three-alarm fire broke out in the 100 block of Bright Street near Stanley Street and Orizaba Avenue. The fire spread to a total of four homes, two of which were red-tagged, and two of which were yellow-tagged, according to San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White.
Walker said he used two fire extinguishers to escape the flames with his son, as he tried to help others get out, too.
Neighbor Tianxing Wang - a student - lives on the same block and snapped photos of the raging flames. Luckily, his home was not damaged.
Service on the M-Oceanview San Francisco Municipal Railway line was disrupted by the fire, Muni officials said. Southbound trains are turning around at 19th and Holloway avenues, and a bus bridge is taking passengers past the fire scene.
Two people suffered smoke inhalation and a firefighter complained of chest discomfort, Hayes-White said. At about 11 a.m., the Red Cross was assisting 22 displaced residents.
What sparked the fire is under investigation.
San Francisco Brent Walker tried to put out the fire with extinguishers. May 2, 2014.
Bay City News contributed to this report.