Approximately 75 people registered for Red Cross assistance after a three-alarm fire ripped through several buildings on Folsom Street on Wednesday, Red Cross spokesman Steve Sharp said.
The fire erupted at the three-story Park Hotel, a residential hotel at 1040 Folsom St. Flames quickly spread to an adjoining three-story building on Russ Street, and dark smoke billowed over Folsom Street.
Hundreds of onlookers stared up at flames shooting from at least two buildings near the corner of Folsom and Russ streets as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze that broke out at about 6 p.m.
The Bay Area chapter of the Red Cross has been providing meals, snacks and water to residents affected by the fire and firefighters alike, Sharp said.
The Red Cross planned to open a shelter at the Gene Friend Recreational Center, located at 270 Sixth St.
At least one person appeared to have sustained injuries in the fire. At about 6:30 p.m., the man was loaded on a stretcher in preparation to be transported by an ambulance.
Another responding firefighter was also being treated at about that time for what appeared like smoke inhalation.