A major 5-alarm fire broke out near Central Freeway in San Francisco in the wee hours of Tuesday.
Video footage shared on social media shows a major fire releasing heavy smoke and has reportedly spread into more than one building.
Nearby residents who can smell smoke have been urged to stay indoors and keep the doors and windows closed. One firefighter was injured in the mega flame that disrupted the nearby live wires, ABC News 7 reports.
Breaking: Firefighters are battling a 5-alarm fire in San Francisco. Multiple structures are involved. pic.twitter.com/BNiAYPhXfB— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) July 28, 2020
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, as much as 160 fire engines were deployed in the scene. The fire is being touted to have started from a building supply store in 14th Street.
Firefighters told NEWS 7 that the flame was so big apparently it seemed the water would not be enough to extingusih the flames.
We got 100 million gallons going,”Deputy Chief Victor Wyrsch with the San Francisco Fire Department was quoted as saying.
“We exceeded all the hydrants. We used our Jones Street tank, then our Ashbury tank and now we’re flowing water all the way from Twin Peaks all the way down here,” Wyrsch said.
As of 9:00 AM local time, the fire was 90% contained and it was prevented from being spread to other regions.
Footage shared by a twitter user who was driving by the fire shows thick dark wreaths of smoke arising from the location of the accident. So far no fatalities have been reported.
On May 24th, a four-alarm fire broke in Pier 45 in San Francisco. The fire took more than 150 firefighters to put the blaze off, and it completely destroyed a warehouse in the vicinity.