Cause of costly fire in Mission district unknown 

At least 59 people were displaced by a four-alarm fire in the Mission district Monday that caused almost $3 million in damage to three apartment buildings.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, though investigators spent much of Tuesday morning surveying one of the lower floors of a pink building located at 1470 Valencia St., where fire officials believe the blaze started.

Fire Department Lt. Ken Smith said it could be a while before the cause is known.

"When a fire burns that long, an hour and a half, it’s difficult to pinpoint how and where a fire started," he said. "But,so far it doesn’t appear to be suspicious."

There were no serious injuries reported in the blaze, though two cats died in the fire.

Some residents were allowed to collect some of their belongings Tuesday. The neighboring building at 1476 Valencia St. also sustained severe damage and is uninhabitable. The building at 1464 Valencia St. sustained heat damage.

bbegin@examiner.com

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