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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mission Bay Fire: Report Indicates 5-Alarm Blaze an Accident

Posted By on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM

click to enlarge "A hot or smoldering object..." - @REDCROSSBAYAREA

A fire report made public today claims the spectacular March 11 blaze that engulfed a 176-unit mixed-use building was accidental, and likely triggered by "a hot or smoldering object." 

Hot or smoldering objects do tend to cause fires and, as early as March 12, welding equipment being used on nearly completed structure was fingered as the likely culprit for the immolation of 1200 Fourth Street in Mission Bay. 

The 5-alarm fire generated a mere 4-page report. Other information gleaned from the brief writeup: 

  • This fire caused $40 million worth of damage on a property valued at $60 million; 

  • The blaze left neighboring 555 Mission Rock with $500,000 in structural damages, 1180 Fourth Street with $5,000 in structural damages, and 535 China Basin North with a $50,000 hole in its roof; 

  • The "hot or smoldering object" was left on the roof of the building, and came into contact with "Sawn wood, including all finished lumber"; 

  • There were no "detectors" or "automatic extinguishing systems" present on the construction site. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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