SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — A two-alarm fire erupted Sunday afternoon at the National Hotel in San Francisco’s Civic Center, forcing residents to flee the thick smoke that billowed out of the building.
San Francisco Fire officials said one resident was transported to the hospital with injuries and two dogs were rescued.
The hotel, located in the 600 block of Odd Fellows Way just off Market Street, offers 90 units of permanent “supportive housing to San Francisco residents in critical need” and houses 120 residents.
Fire officials said crews responded to the mid-Market neighborhood to reports of a fire at 5:30 p.m. The response was quickly elevated to two alarms.
“That smoke is nasty,” the firefighters union tweeted out at the height of the fire. “Anyone in the area should close their windows and avoid it! If you did breathe it please drink a lot of water. It’s the reason firefighters have increased rates of cancer.”
That smoke is nasty. Anyone in the area should close their windows and avoid it! If you did breathe it please drink a lot of water. It’s the reason firefighters have increased rates of cancer. #becareful @IAFFNewsDesk @UCSFCancer pic.twitter.com/a9i4qtgTrT
— San Francisco Firefighters 798 (@SFFFLocal798) June 14, 2021
By 7:02 p.m., fire officials said the blaze and smoke had been contained.
Thank you to the @SFFDPIO @SFFFLocal798 fighting an active 2 alarm fire at the National Hotel on Market St. The building has been evacuated, no injuries reported, fire under control but still being put out. Red Cross helping to support residents.
— Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF) June 14, 2021
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The Red Cross was at the scene, assisting the displaced residents.
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