SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A fire at Pier 29 along San Francisco’s waterfront reached four alarms Wednesday afternoon before the San Francisco Fire Department was able to gain the upper hand.
The fire was reported about 1:50 p.m. at the two-story building where construction was planned for the 2013 America’s Cup, fire Capt. Jeanne Seyler said.
Embarcadero St. was shut down near Sansome St. as crews battled the fire. Flames could be seen shooting through the roof near the front of the structure around 2:30 p.m. A few minutes later, part of the facade near the roof — including the Pier 29 sign — collapsed.
Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said at the scene around 3:20 p.m. that the blaze had been contained but not yet fully extinguished.
She said firefighters had arrived to find “pretty spectacular flames coming through the roof.” They fought the blaze from several angles, including from a fireboat in the Bay.
Hayes-White said a preliminary investigation indicates that the fire was likely accidental. She said there might have been workers inside the building when it started, but that “it’s too early to determine if that was the cause.”