The normal Sunday morning tranquility was broken when fire trucks and emergency vehicles came rumbling down the block past our home in the normally quiet outer Richmond District.
I stepped outside to see smoke billowing from a home on the next block and a mass of fire fighters extinguishing the blaze.
The fire started when the elderly resident of the two unit building was cooking with oil. Flames rose up through the kitchen flue causing the blaze which destroyed the building. Fortunately he got out safely and nobody was injured.
The fire quickly went to two alarms and four San Francisco Fire Department battalions responded to extinguish the blaze. Because of the efficient and professional work of the fire fighters the buildings on either side of the conflagration were not damaged.
According to the SF Fire Department over 70 firefighters were dispatched to fight the blaze.
Top photo – Firefighters approach the Sunday morning blazing inferno as neighbors look on incredulously