Massive fire causes catastrophic damage in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — A huge, out-of-control fire caused catastrophic damage to a quarter-billion-dollar apartment complex under construction at Fourth Street near China Basin in San Francisco on Tuesday evening, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.The massive blaze broke out shortly after 5 p.m., spreading through the building quickly and sending embers floating toward nearby buildings as fire crews worked to contain the blaze. Shortly before 6 p.m., one side of the building collapsed, and a fire dispatcher with the department confirmed the structure was collapsing internally.“Everybody is heading there,” the dispatcher said. “We don’t go past five alarms in this city.”The fire appeared to totally destroy MB360, a $227 million apartment complex being developed by San Francisco-based BRE Properties Inc. The project was slated to open sometime later this year.Representatives for the development company were not available for comment.There were no reports of injuries as of 7 p.m. Fire crews pulled back from the building around 6 p.m. to stay clear of possibly spreading flames or collapsing walls.While initial reports suggested high winds may have played a factor in the spread of the smoke and flames, the National Weather Service said downtown San Francisco experienced wind speeds of no more than 10 mph Tuesday, and that heavy winds were not expected Tuesday night.