Mission building burns for the second time
March 14, 2016
Lightning may never strike twice, but it seems fire can.
Late last night, flames broke out in what remained of a three-story building at Mission and 22nd streets, which had sat vacant since a deadly blaze there in January 2015.
The fire broke out just before 11:30 p.m. and was brought under control in about an hour, according to San Francisco Department spokesman Jonathan Baxter.
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Baxter said the cause remains under investigation although an official on scene last night told reporters that squatters may have been to blame. From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Fire officials said they found evidence that Sunday night’s was sparked by homeless people living in the building.
“There shouldn’t have been anyone inside. There shouldn’t have been a heat source,” fire department Battalion Chief Kirk Richardson told reporters at the scene.
Slated to be torn down, the building was destroyed in a Jan. 28, 2015 blaze that left one man dead and six people injured. More than 30 businesses were displaced and dozens left homeless.
Authorities determined that fire started inside a wall of the building and could not rule out an electrical fault.
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