Much of Mission Bay and SOMA smells like a tinderbox at the moment as a three-alarm fire burns at Russ and Folsom streets.
SF Weekly has dispatched web editor Jake Swearingen to the scene. Our calls to San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge have not yet been returned. More when we know more.
Update, 6:20 p.m.: Swearingen counts five fire trucks on the scene of a fire that has apparently burned for about half an hour. The back wall of a three-story building is being hosed down by firefighters on the roof. No flames are visible.
Update, 6:40 p.m. Eyewitness Skip Hopkins, who lives next door to the burning building, tells Swearingen that he saw a firefighter ladder approaching his deck a shade before 6. While flames weren't visible before, the roof of the structure is now crackling. Hopkins said he saw a firefighter wheeled away from the scene earlier. The area is now being evacuated, and fire personnel are ordering bystanders back from the scene.
Swearingen says that flames are now shooting out of the building's roof and upper windows.