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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pier 29 Blaze Contained, Traffic Backed Up Along the Embarcadero

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

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(Update 4:35 p.m) America's Cup officials released a statement saying they do not anticipate this fire hindering plans for the big race. "We look forward to moving ahead with the future construction of the America's Cup Village at Pier 27/29," the statement read.

(Update 4:02 p.m.): Supervisor David Chiu was on the scene and called the fire "tragic," but said he was really glad no one had been hurt. "Fortunately, it had been cleared out for the America's Cup preparation," said Chiu. He went on to say that he hoped the effect on the upcoming America's Cup race, wouldn't be too severe. "Hopefully, it's not a major impact."

(Update 3:59 p.m.): 
The fire department is currently in defensive mode, said Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. While the fire has been contained, the building will be under firewatch for the rest of the evening to make sure nothing sparks up again.

(Update 3:55 p.m.):
Hayes-White says that there have been no reported injuries to any civilians or firefighters.

(Update 3:44 p.m.):
The fire reportedly erupted at 1:50 p.m.. With approximately 110 firefighters on hand, the four-alarm blaze was contained to the front of the Pier 29 building. SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White said that it's still too early to tell the cause of the fire, even though there were reports that plumbers and welders were in the building around the time the fire started. However, she doesn't believe the fire is suspicious. 

Update: According to Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, the F- Line is not running along

the Embarcadero at this time. Trolleys are stopping at the Ferry

Building and turning back around on Market Street.

(Original story): Firefighters are currently battling a four-alarm blaze on Pier 29, the site of the future America's Cup.

It's too early to know what caused the fire, which started after 2  p.m. as a two-alarm and was quickly upgraded as the flames spread across the top of the building, causing the roof to collapse. SF Weekly intern Jeff Sandstoe shot some photos of the scene.

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  • Jeff Sandstoe

Traffic around Montgomery Street is backed up, and police have blocked off parts of the Embarcadero. Helicopters are hovering over the scene, where dozens of people are watching as firefighters work to extinguish the blaze.

Check back for more updates.

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