Fire burns buildings in San Francisco Mission district 

A three-alarm fire that burned in the Mission district Friday afternoon had fire crews working to contain the blazes in a steep-pitched roof and high winds.

The fire which broke out at 506 Capp St. around 4:15 p.m. quickly spread to 508 Capp St. adjacent to the original structure and the building immediately behind it on 21st Street, San Francisco Fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

There were no injuries in the blaze, but a bird cage and dog were rescued, Talmadge said.

The third alarm fire was called, Talmadge said, because of the windy conditions. Crews wanted to prevent the blaze from spreading further. Wind gusts are reaching 14 mph according to the National Weather Service.

The fire comes 24 hours after the computer system that communicates 911 calls to fire and police personnel in the field failed, forcing dispatchers to resort to pen and paper.

Talmadge and representatives from the Office of Emergency Services, though, said that system is running today and did not pose a problem in reporting the fire.

Mayor Ed Lee said he will be reviewing the failure of the CAD system next week with DEM Director Ann Kronenber. The backup system managed to keep the "critical function" of communications from breaking down completely, he added.

"I want to know exactly what happened and what we need to do to keep the system up and running," he said. "I'm glad it didn't interfere with the fire. We have enough smart people around so that we're safe."


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