Tenderloin fire injures 20, hospitalizes 4 

Firefighters contained a three-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood Tuesday night, a fire that a police spokesman said injured 20 people.

Officer Albie Esparza said the fire in the 200 block of Eddy Street broke out somewhere on the structure’s first floor, causing smoke and flames to move throughout the building.

Esparza said that 20 people were injured and that, of those, four people were transported to a hospital Tuesday night with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

A call reporting the fire near Taylor and Eddy streets came in at 8:53 p.m., according to fire dispatchers. The second alarm was added at about 9:15 p.m., and the third alarm was added at 9:34 p.m.

Firefighters contained the blaze roughly an hour and twenty minutes later at 10:11 p.m.

According to dispatchers, an unknown number of people had been evacuated from the building.

A person answering the phone at a nearby business, Daldas Grocery at 200 Eddy St., said that the fire had been burning across the street at 201 Eddy St., a six-story building.

The store clerk, who said he watched the action from inside the business, said he counted five fire trucks at about 9:25 p.m. in front of the building that was billowing smoke.

He said he “saw some flames that appeared to be coming from the top of the building” and that “lots of people” had been standing outside on the blocked-off road.

“They’ve been evacuating people from the emergency exits,” he said.

People in downtown San Francisco near the Metreon, at Fourth and Mission streets, which is about six blocks away, reported an unusual burning smell and lingering smog and smoke.

American Red Cross Spokesman Jim Mallory said that the agency had set up an evacuation center directly across the street at 230 Eddy St.

As of 10:50 p.m., 50 people were at the center, he said, although the response team had not yet determined how many of those displaced residents would need accommodations for the night.

Mallory said that assistance could also include food stipends.

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