Watch: San Francisco Firefighters Still Battling Blaze At Fisherman’s Wharf

TOPLINE

A large, four-alarm fire broke out at a warehouse on Pier 45 of the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco early Saturday morning that has already destroyed a fourth of the pier.

KEY FACTS

The fire was first reported around just after 4 a.m. local time, and upwards of 150 firefighters were called to the scene to tackle the blaze.

Officials confirmed firefighters contained the fire, but not before it spread to destroy about 25% of the buildings on Pier 45.

About 75 firefighters are still on scene working to completely extinguish the fire as of early Saturday afternoon, according to San Francisco Fire Lt. Jonathan Baxter.

One firefighter on the scene was admitted to a hospital to treat a large cut on his hand, but is expected to make a full recovery and is the only reported injury.

What caused the fire inside the warehouse, which holds a crab processing operation, is still a mystery and investigators are working to determine if anyone was in the building when the blaze began.

According to local media reports, homeless people have been seen in the area at night, which is a “grave concern” for investigators, Baxter told reporters.

The story is developing.

KEY BACKGROUND

Firefighters on the scene said that they have saved the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a historic World War II ship moored at Pier 45 next to the warehouse that caught fire. Many of the businesses in Fisherman’s Wharf are closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in a shocking drop of foot traffic for one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions. San Francisco was one of the first U.S. cities to issue a shelter-in-place order.

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