Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire early Friday at a popular restaurant in San Francisco's near the inner Sunset neighborhood, which jammed up Muni travelers and caused two minor firefighting injuries.
The fire at the Squat & Gobble, at 9 West Portal Ave., was first reported at 4:40 a.m. It was upgraded from a three-alarm blaze to a four-alarm fire about 6:30 a.m, and the roof of the restaurant had partially collapsed. By 7:30 a.m., the fire had spread to a wine bar and a dental office.
The restaurant is a favorite among locals, which offers savory crepes, Philly Cheese steak and pasta.
Deputy Fire Chief Mark Gonzales aid arson investigators had to wait to go into the restaurant to figure out where and why the fire started.
Muni spokesman Paul Rose the Muni K-Ingleside, M-Ocean View and L-Taraval lines will not be able to travel through the area until the fire scene is cleared, which may be around noon, or possibly later.
Firefighters switched off the nearby Muni streetcar power lines so they could safely fight the blaze. The fire must be extinguished and the lines must be tested before normal Muni service can return.