Two San Francisco homes and a garage were heavily damaged early Tuesday by a fast-moving fire in the city’s Bayview District that left a firefighter with minor injuries, authorities said.
According to Fire Division Chief Marty Ross, the blaze erupted around 2:30 a.m. either outside or inside a vacant home in the 1500 block of Hudson Avenue, about one block from Third Street.
The fire quickly grew to two alarms as flames spread to a garage, vacant lot and neighboring home.
Debra Seaman rushed her family out of her burning home. The early morning drama stirred up memories of an earlier fire.
“We had a fire eight years ago,” she told KTVU. “It was a flash back.”
Seaman said when she got into the street; she was confronted by towering flames and intense heat.
“I saw fire everywhere,” she said. “The heat was really intense.”
Odessa Allen, Seaman’s grandmother, was one of eight people in the home. Her granddaughter woke her up and hustled her out of the burning house.
“She came in yelling – ‘Get up, get up. We got to get out’,” she told KTVU.
According to fire officials, the fire was knocked down by about 4:14 a.m. However, a firefighter suffered a knee injury when he fell through a backyard deck. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but firefighters said that since the blaze started in a vacant home it was suspicious in nature. Arson investigators were on the scene.
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