A massive, four-alarm fire broke out on Pier 45 in San Francisco, reportedly engulfing a whole warehouse.
A San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson confirmed CNN that a quarter of the pier was damaged and the warehouse is destroyed in the fire that took more than 150 firefighters to battle. Although the fire is extinguished, firefighters will continue to remain at the site.
The fire started at 4:17 AM (EST) in the wee hours of the morning. Images tweeted by Dan Whelly show flames against the backdrop of a still-dark morning.
By 4:21 AM the warehouse was set ablaze it was confirmed, according to Citizen.com timeline.
Within minutes officers warned the fire has spread to two buildings and could touch the third. By afternoon the flame was contained, however.
The report states one firefighter was injured and no civilian was harmed. The last update reads:
“While the fire is contained, 75 firefighters will remain on scene to ensure the fire is completely extinguished, according to SFFD PIO Lt. Jonathan Baxter.”
According to reports, the pier where the fire broke out was not far from pier 39, a popular tourist area. A World War II-era ship – The SS Jeremiah O’Brien was docked there and was just saved from catching fire.
The cause of the San Francisco fire is still unknown.
The United States of America is just a few hours away from celebrating Memorial’s Day- a federal holiday for remembering the military personals who had lost their lives serving the armed forces.
(Cover image courtesy of @kellymnyc via Twitter)