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Building Fire in San Francisco's Bayview District Leaves 20 People Homeless

Twenty people are temporarily homeless Saturday night in San Francisco after a fire damaged two buildings.

It broke out after 2 p.m. on Palou Avenue in the city's Bayview District.

Crews had the fire contained within about 40 minutes, but not before it caused heavy damage to the back of one building.

When fire crews arrived, people were still trying to get out.

"The front of these are commercial on the ground floor and on top of them are residences," San Francisco Fire Division Chief Matthew McNaughton said. "Crews were sent in to evacuate the building. There were many occupants in there."

The other building suffered mostly water and smoke damage.

There is still no word on what started the fire, but it is not considered suspicious.

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