Large Fire Burning in the Mission District (Update)

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Update 2:49 p.m.: Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the Fire Department, tells us that several buildings were damaged by this afternoon's fire, however, there were no injuries. The fire started in a residential building which housed two flats, located at 1460 and 1448 Valencia Street. A building to the left and two building to the right of the fire were also damaged, including a pilates studio and other residential units. Talmadge had no idea if any residents were home at the time, but said some people have been displaced by the fire. The blaze was extinguished as of 2:02 p.m

Original story 1:40 p.m.: We're getting word that about 100 firefighters are battling a huge blaze in the city's Mission District.

Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the Fire Department, was on her way to the scene at 26th and Poplar street when we spoke with her. She didn't have much information at this time, but said there are "several buildings involved."

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Several surrounding streets are closed off, and Muni says buses might be a bit delayed, so you might want to check traffic before you plan on taking that late lunch break.

We'll keep you posted on this breaking story.




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Ryan Summers
Ryan Summers

^^ I would not be surprised. I imagine that the money they will be collecting from their insurance company for the building as well as lost revenue and the cost of the land that they already own adds up to be more than what it's actually worth. This is why our local government needs to enforce more regulations/restrictions/inspections on landlords and their respective property while simultaneously increasing tenants' rights in order to hold people accountable. Things like this shouldn't happen, but they do. And the only people that benefit from it are the people who own this property who could/should have taken the proper steps to avoid it, but don't because it isn't in their best interests and city officials aren't hold them to the right kind of standards.

Cassidy Martin
Cassidy Martin

Maybe the landlords want the building to burn down?

Ryan Summers
Ryan Summers

I think it's interesting how we have started seeing more and more fires in the last 2-3 years in SF that have all been caused by the same thing: old/faulty wiring. Amazing how many landlords (aka slumlords) are able to jack up rent due to the thriving economy in the Bay while not doing anything in the way of renovations/safety precautions for their residents. The only advantage to living in these 70+ year old buildings is rent control (which still doesn't do much in the way of cost of living). If your place doesn't burn down, you have to deal with something like black mold on a daily basis. Or you move into a newer building, pay even more money in rent, and your lease goes up $500 every year. Really hope these people have renters' insurance. Food for thought: Rent vs Safety

Paul Hussein Foppe
Paul Hussein Foppe

yep, passed the firetrucks earlier racing around 1:45 or so. thoughts to everyone at the scene.

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