Large fire burning at construction site in SF's China Basin 

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  • MIke Koozmin/The S.f. Examiner
  • A construction site burns in China Basin on Tuesday afternoon.

The American Red Cross has responded to the scene of a five-alarm fire burning in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood this evening to assist residents who were forced to evacuate nearby buildings.

The blaze was reported at 4:56 p.m. at a building under construction at Fourth and China Basin streets, according to a fire dispatcher.

No injuries have been reported, the dispatcher said.

Firefighters continued to battle the blaze as of 7 p.m.

"It's a big fire, they're going to be putting water on it for a long time," the dispatcher said.

Residents at the Strata at Mission Bay apartments, located across the street from the burning building, are among those who evacuated.

Eli Brill, 31, said he came home to his apartment at the Strata after the fire had started and when he wasn't allowed into the building, he realized his dog was still inside.

A firefighter escorted Brill inside to retrieve the dog, who was safely reunited with its owner.

Another Strata resident, 25-year-old Hisham Bajwa, said he could see the fire start to burn outside his window shortly before 5 p.m.

"There were two main points of fire, one on the left and one on the right," Bajwa said. "It got pretty big pretty fast."

About 20 minutes after he first saw the flames, the fire alarm went off in his building and he evacuated, he said.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White told reporters at the scene that the fire was contained to the building of origin, and that firefighters were performing an aggressive attack on the fire building.

She said she's glad that firefighters have been able to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby buildings.

"This is a great save right here," she said.

As of 6:54 p.m., the fire was causing delays on the San Francisco Municipal Railway KT-Ingleside/Third Street line.

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