SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, May 19, the San Francisco Fire Department responded to a house fire at 6:16 a.m. on 1130 Shrader Street. The house fire resulted in the death of an elderly resident.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 78 year-old Anthony Bowles who lived alone and suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Bowles was rushed out of the burning building by firefighters and was attended to by EMTs, but passed away soon after. The blaze was a one-alarm fire that engulfed the top floor of a three story Victorian home in the Cole Valley neighborhood. The intersection of Grattan Street and Cole Street was closed off from traffic on Parnassus Avenue in order for firefighters to have enough room to work on the fire which was contained by 8 a.m.
The house was located in a densely packed neighborhood that when combined with the 30 mile an hour winds could have spread the fire further. The SFFD is still investigating the exact cause of the fire.