Large fire breaks out in SF's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood 

A large fire broke out Sunday night on Masonic Avenue in the Haight-Ahsbury neighborhood of San Francisco, injuring one person and displacing at least 10 people.

Click on the photo to the right to see photos from the scene. Scroll down to see video of the fire.

The fire, first reported to firefighters at 8:10 p.m., started at 1357-1359 Masonic Ave., according to Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. It spread to neighboring buildings, causing "significant damage" to 1355 Masonic Ave. and some attic damage to the building immediately uphill from the fire's origin.

Hayes-White said firefighters' jobs were made more difficult by the fact that the homes were attached.

"Fortunately it's not windy tonight," she said.

The fire was brought under control by the San Francisco Fire Department just after 9 p.m.

One person was transported to Davies Medical Center with unspecified injuries, according to police Sgt. Daryl Fong. One person was also treated at the scene for shortness of breath. Ten people were displaced by the fire, which damaged three buildings, Fong said.

The building in which the fire reportedly started is a duplex that was built in 1906, according to property records. Neighbors say the building is occupied by the landlord, who lives on the ground floor and two couples who live in units on the second and third floor.

Police officers on the scene said that the fire was initially reported around 8 p.m. by an elderly man who lives in the downstairs unit. The fire is being treated as a crime scene until it can be determined otherwise, but it is unclear whether there are actual grounds for suspicion.

Bay City News contributed to this report.


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