MISSION DISTRICT—One was killed and at least six wounded in an enormous four-alarm structure fire in the Mission District Wednesday night.
The fire, beginning around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, destroyed a three-story structure at 22nd and Mission Streets. 125 firefighters responded to the scene of the blaze, eventually resolving to assume a defensive position and allow the building to burn. The massive fire created an enormous billow of smoke that could be smelled and seen for miles around.
Thousands of gallons of water were used to control the fire, causing minor flooding to occur in the surrounding streets.
Onlookers saw occupants rushing from the burning building suffering from smoke inhalation. The unidentified man who was killed was taken from the structure by firefighters who unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate him.
At least 40 occupants were displaced by the fire. An evacuation center has been opened for the residents at San Francisco a City College and the American Red across is urging donations to help the victims.