The 1700 block of 22nd Avenue, between Noriega and Moraga streets, was jolted by a huge blast on the morning of Feb. 9 when a house exploded into a three-alarm fire resulting in one death, three injuries that required hospitalization and damage to 18 homes and several cars.
Photos: Richmond District House Fire, March 5, 2023
Photos by Tyrone Bartoli of a residential fire on 40th Avenue and Anza Street on March 5, 2023.
Beloved Outer Sunset Florist Shop Gutted by Fire: Arson Suspected￼
A burglar broke into Frank’s Floral Shop at 1821 Irving St. by prying the door frame from the wall. After getting $8 for the trouble, what started as theft then became arson.
Geary Gas Leak Fire: NTSB Report Details Causes and Fixes
A more detailed account explaining how a two-story column of fire blasted up from a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) gas line at the corner of Geary Boulevard and Parker Avenue in February of 2019 was released last month by the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB).
SPONSORED: SFPUC Projects Will Not Save Us From Fire Catastrophes
Hydrant Expansion Plan Would Leave the Richmond District and Sea Cliff Without Adequate Water for Fighting Post-Earthquake Fires.
Fire at Underdogs Too Restaurant Compounds a Year of Misery
For the owner and employees of Underdogs Too restaurant on Taraval near Ocean Beach, 2020 kept getting worse. On the morning of Dec. 15 at around 7:15 a.m., Doug Marschke, the owner of the bar and Mexican food restaurant at 3600 Taraval St., woke up to find neighbors texting him that his business was on fire.
Fire Displaces Residents, Five Businesses at Geary and 18th
The cause of a fire that shut down five businesses and displaced residents at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and 18th Avenue was unintentional, according to an incident report from the San Francisco Fire Department.
Commentary – A Disaster Waiting to Happen
The agenda of the SFPUC is not to provide a system using an inexhaustible supply of seawater, which is the only certain means by which the SFFD will be able to control post-earthquake fires, but rather to use Earthquake Bond money to slowly replace their antiquated and fragile drinking water mains.
Gas Main Explosion Aftermath
In the aftermath of the ruptured gas pipeline fire that torched several buildings at Geary Boulevard and Parker Avenue earlier this year, a local union is calling for more robust permitting requirements, while former tenants of the building put their lives back together.
Arrest made related to fires in Golden Gate Park
An arrest related to several arson fires in Golden Gate Park has been made, although as of press time charges tied directly to those fires have not been filed. Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Inner Sunset Fire Claims Woman’s Life
A fire that broke out in an Inner Sunset District home on Oct. 23 was extinguished by the SF Fire Department, but not before it killed a woman, sent a man to the hospital and left six people, including a child, without a residence.
Golf Course Back in Business After Clubhouse Burns
The Golden Gate Park Golf Course has reopened in a temporary trailer after a July 2 fire destroyed its clubhouse.
Links to our Comprehensive Coverage of Firefighting Challenges
More than 15 San Francisco neighborhoods could burn to the ground due to a lack of water at the SF Fire Department’s disposal after a major earthquake. A plan to expand […]
Commentary – Tom Doudiet
Going forward, all evidence points to more of what we’ve seen during the several years
since the passage of the 2014 bond: the SFPUC careening back and forth from one
implausible “band aid” scheme to another while avoiding an actual expansion of the
amazingly efficient high-pressure hydrant system.
Commentary – Paul Kozakiewicz
City officials have been playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette with the safety and
security of tens of thousands of San Franciscan’s lives. They all agree that a catastrophic
earthquake is coming, but they hope it’s not on their watch.