Four-Alarm Fire Damages Building, Injures Two People in San Francisco

A four alarm fire in San Francisco's Castro District damaged a three-story building and injured two people, authorities said.

According to the San Francisco Fire Department, the fire was reported shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday on the 456 block of Castro Street in San Francisco on a building that had both commercial and residential unites. The fire spread to at least one more building.

Two people were injured, but only one of them was transported to the hospital due to smoke inhalation.

The Northern California Red Cross said a total of seven adults and two pets will require assistance from Red Cross and city services. They also confirmed that three businesses were affected in the fire, and disaster funds will be available for recovery. 

San Francisco's Mayor London Breed directed the Office of Economic and Workforce Development to activate a Small Business Disaster Relief Fund that will give business owners access to $10,000 in funds for inventory replacement, equipment purchases, security deposits for a new lease, employee salaries and other expenses. 

"Our small business are the anchors of our merchant corridors and it is critical that our merchants receive the support and help necessary to recover and restore services to the community quickly," she said.

The fire was contained at around 10:30 a.m. and authorities advised the public to avoid the area as clean up continued.

"Our thoughts and support are directed to all of those affected by this 4th Alarm fire," the SFFD said.

According to the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the businesses that were impacted by the fire include Body, Q Bar, Osaka Sushi and Café Mystique - all located on the 400 block of Castro Street.

It remains unknown what caused the fire and exactly how many people were displaced. 

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

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