Cops hit with 'overwhelming odor,' 'swarm of flies' while ousting Tenderloin squatters 

Booting nearly a dozen squatters from a vacant Tenderloin building Tuesday became a stomach-churning experience for San Francisco police.

"There was an overwhelming odor of urine and feces with a swarm of flies in the air, making it difficult to breath," they said.

The building in the 600 block of Geary Street had been a source of constant complaints, according to police.

Cops arrived around 8:15 a.m. after the building’s owner asked police to remove the squatters.

Two men on the first floor were asked to leave the building. Police used a bullhorn to roust the rest of the squatters from the building. Ten people came down from the second floor, and three were arrested for outstanding warrants, police said. The rest were informed not to return.

A canine unit was denied entry to the building after it was deemed unsafe due to the large amounts of blood, feces and discarded needles in the building, cops said.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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