West Portal Squat and Gobble burns in four-alarm fire, Red Cross on scene, Muni service interrupted 

click to enlarge Squat and Gobble is a popular eatery with four locations in San Francisco. The fire at the West Portal location disrupted Muni service, as well as displaced residents and businesses while its contained. - COURTESY OF KENNEJIMA/FLICKR/CC
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  • Squat and Gobble is a popular eatery with four locations in San Francisco. The fire at the West Portal location disrupted Muni service, as well as displaced residents and businesses while its contained.

American Red Cross volunteers are providing assistance at a four-alarm fire at the Squat and Gobble West Portal restaurant in San Francisco that is still burning this morning.

The fire was reported around 4:40 a.m. at 1 and 9 W. Portal Ave and was not under control as of 9:30 a.m., San Francisco fire officials said.

One firefighter suffered minor smoke inhalation while battling the blaze but did not need to be taken to a hospital, fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said.

Another person was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, fire officials said.

At least six Red Cross volunteers were at the scene this morning assisting firefighters by providing tea, coffee, snacks and water, Red Cross spokesman Woody Baker-Cohn said.

Although the fire broke out in a mainly commercial area, some nearby apartments were affected by flames and smoke.

Some residents are expected to be displaced, Baker-Cohn said.

Short-term evacuations are in place at five apartments because of heavy smoke, but those residents are expected to be able to return to their homes, he said.

The Red Cross spokesman said many of the area's small businesses owners have come out to assess damage to their shops.

A wine shop next door to Squat and Gobble at 9 W. Portal Ave., Vin Debut, appears to have sustained storefront damage including shattered windows, Baker-Cohn said.

Because of the fire, all San Francisco Municipal Railway service at the West Portal station has been shut down, affecting the K-Ingleside, L-Taraval and M-Ocean View lines.

L line riders can pick up shuttles at 22nd Avenue and Taraval Street, while K and M riders can find shuttle service at Vicente Street and 15th Avenue, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

Shuttles will be in place until the fire scene clears. Regular service will resume once Muni officials inspect overhead wires, Rose said.

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