More than 130 firefighters responded to a devastating warehouse fire at the world-famous Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco last week.
USA Today reports that the blaze happened on Saturday, May 23rd at Pier 45. According to San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson, Lt. Jonathan Baxter, the blaze engulfed the warehouse and was approximately the size of a football field.
The blaze threatened a WWII era ship the SS Jeremiah O’Brien. Firefighters were able to bring the fire in control before reaching the ship. The SS Jeremiah O’Brien is the last operational warship from that era.
So far, fire officials are uncertain whether there may have been homeless people trapped inside the burning building. “That is something of grave concern,” Lt. Bld local reporters. “That is why we’re actively trying to confirm if anybody saw anybody in this building.” Baxter is hopeful that no one was inside when the fire broke out.
There were at least two employees inside La Roca Seafoods when the fire broke out at approximately 4:00 a.m.
La Roca employee, Alejandro Arellano, was one of the workers who witnessed the event. He told reporters that there was a lot of smoke. “A few minutes later, fire everywhere. It was very, very scary,” Arellano said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The fire quickly consumed the warehouse. Firefighters utilized ladder trucks and a fireboat to fight the blaze. During the incident, firefighters had to set their hoses on one of the fire trucks that was scorched by the intense heat to protect it from further damage.
Officials say it may be some time before businesses in the Fisherman’s Wharf area will be able to recover. The cause of the fire is still currently under investigation.