Fire causes $200,000 in damage at abandoned SF police station 

click to enlarge A vacant San Francisco police station in the Dogpatch was damaged by a fire on Tuesday afternoon. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
  • A vacant San Francisco police station in the Dogpatch was damaged by a fire on Tuesday afternoon.

A two-alarm fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to a former police station in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood on Tuesday, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The fire was reported at 1:06 p.m. at 2300 Third St., located on the southwest corner of Third and 20th streets.

The blaze was extinguished in about an hour and did not injure any firefighters or civilians, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said Wednesday.

The building where the fire burned is a former police station that has been vacant for 16 years, according to police Capt. Paul Chignell, who currently oversees the department's Bayview Station.

The structure, built in the early 1900s, cannot be demolished because of its historical significance, police said. The building has had to be boarded up to prevent squatters and copper thieves from entering, according to police.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Talmadge said.

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