Photos of the blaze, as 5-alarm fire roars at China Basin

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Fire rages across China Basin
Photo by freelancer Alex Tidd

A 5-alarm fire is raging across structures under construction and other buildings in Mission Bay, at 4th street and China Basin. The San Francisco Fire Department is fighting back the blaze, which have diminished greatly, but early reports from reporters on the scene say that the buildings may bow in. As reporters and citizen journalists flock to the scene, photos are continuing to stream in through social media. We'll update this post with new photos as the situation develops. You can also watch a live stream of the fire here: https://www.dropcam.com/p/XeTcIw [Update: earlier some reports classified it as a 6 alarm fire. Official reports have only clarified it as a 5 alarm fire, but we will update this post if and when that changes.]

 

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And anyone else who is successful.

We never had fires when this was a town for losers.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 11, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

The only loser here are trolls like you who are so lacking for a life that you have nothing better to do than hang out at the website of an organization you have no affinity for and can only play the roll of troll. Go fuck yourself you Rupert Murdoch wannabe loser.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 1:04 am

typically blame Google for everything around here.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 6:36 am

destroyed- what a waste in a housing crisis- scary how fast the building became fully engulfed in flames-

Posted by Guest on Mar. 11, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

home values.

So clearly destroying homes will decrease rents and home values, and make the city more affordable.

It should be official city policy to burn down homes in order to make the city more affordable.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 8:19 am

It would not surprise me if this was done by Eco-Terrorists.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 11, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

I don't think so. This sounds too big and too urban to be them. They usually go for smaller, more isolated targets. Easier to get away from (no vegan meals or and a bunch of ass kickings in prison). Not to mention the amount of attention the cops would pay to an incident like this. But IF they did do it, they'll take credit for it within a few days.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 11, 2014 @ 7:58 pm

Your brain is obviously terribly screwed up from watching Faux TV and listening to Lush Rimbaugh too much. Only a poorly functioning brain could make such a stupid comment (as if EarthFirst's reason for being was to preserve the downtown areas of big cities - uh, that'd be a no, wild environmental areas are more their areas of concerns). Jeez there's some stupid people on this comment board.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 1:14 am

How would one expect outside saboteurs to start a fire during the end of a busy work day? This is either an inside job if it is arson or it is accidental.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 5:16 am
Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 8:20 am

Or is it just shoddy construction? Not saying it is, but it wouldn't surprise me if given how fast the city is approving these permits, that some of the new construction turned out to be substandard.

Posted by Greg on Mar. 11, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

Especially before they're completed - they're pretty much invulnerable up to that point.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 11, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

Do you mean to sound this stupid when you're trying to push your agenda Greg or is just natural?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 11, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

Doesn't care about how fast the city approves things and contractors and designers know that, this isn't China. People want to keep their insurance.

Besides things up to code are often shoddy.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 10:05 am

No agenda here. Just asking. I see massive amounts of overbuilding throughout the city. When stuff is going up really fast, it's not unusual for some of it to be shoddy. It doesn't have to be China. It wouldn't be the first time in America where stuff gets built in a shoddy manner. Just look at the new Bay Bridge.

Posted by Greg on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 11:22 am

Any building, when it is half-built and full of highly flammable construction material will go up rather quickly and eventually bow-out from the stress of the frame breaking down. It is not a sign of shoddy construction, rather it is the typical end result of a massive fire.

In any event, I am glad no one was killed (sadly, unlike the natural gas explosion in Harlem) and that the firefighters were able to rescue six dogs.

Posted by Chris on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 11:37 am

How can we be overbuilding if we have a housing shortage?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

Fortunately no one was killed, unlike in the PG&E-caused San Bruno gas explosion.

Posted by Greg on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

like a welder's molten gobbet of metal falling into some slowly-but-inexorably combustible material; or a battery recharger malfunction, but it is not completely unreasonable to suppose that some major flaw had been discovered.

I've watched the other major new contruction in the area age quickly due to apparent flaws in building practices or materials.

And ps--I've mentioned this elsewhere, but there seems to be a move afoot to install quite "artistic" bike stands which are painted to blend in perfectly with the sidewalk concrete. Isn't there a code against this? Hello ADA advocates???!!

*real or imposter? Check it out for yourself.

Posted by lillipublicans* on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 10:06 am

As a retired commercial property underwriter, I'd like to know who in City Hall authorized a 6-story FRAME building of this massive size in San Francisco, including the other monstrosity just like it which is part of the same project? Where were the general contractor's off-hours security/fire watch personnel, which is standard industry practice for large construction sites? This location is also on bay fill, like the Marina, and thus more subject to electrical and gas fires in the wake of an earthquake. Earthquakes can also severely compromises fire safety features such as automatic fire sprinker systems. Frankly, these are potential bonfires waiting to happen even if the fire didn't happen today. Smart, huh?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 11, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

The rule is four or maybe five stories of wood over a podium of concrete. Above that life safety rules kick in and the increment in height required to cover those costs rises.

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Posted by Dark Souls II product key on Jul. 01, 2014 @ 5:58 am

Guest, there are no building code regulations prohibiting a frame building of six-stories in that area. The city cannot arbitrarily impose additional building requirements. It may be your opinion that there should be upgrades to the fire and seimsic building standards, but the city has to uniformly apply rules to all projects and it cannot just suddenly say a building must be built to some higher standard that the law does not require.

Posted by Chris on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 11:41 am

As a retired commercial property underwriter, I'd like to know who in City Hall authorized a 6-story FRAME building of this massive size in San Francisco, including the other monstrosity just like it which is part of the same project? Where were the general contractor's off-hours security/fire watch personnel, which is standard industry practice for large construction sites? This location is also on bay fill, like the Marina, and thus more subject to electrical and gas fires in the wake of an earthquake. Earthquakes on filled ground can severely compromise fire protection systems such as automatic sprinklers. Frankly, these are potential bonfires waiting to happen even if the fire didn't happen today. Smart, huh?

Posted by J-Jay on Mar. 11, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

This fire was obviously due to global warming and the legacy of slavery.

Posted by Chromefields on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 7:58 am
Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 8:21 am

No, it was caused by an Uber taxi.

Posted by racer さ on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 9:58 am
Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 11:06 am

Time to fess up. Greg, Marcos, Steven, which one of you did it?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 10:04 am

with a year's supply of matches and dry timber, and a gallon of gasoline, let alone an industrial inferno like this.

I doubt that any of the three of them ever leave their keyboard. They just want to tell others to do thing like this. Examples:

marcos supporting breaking windows of people he disagrees with politically

Greg admitting that he would lie to get on a jury to acquit a criminal

Steven suggesting that folks should book an AirBnB night and then squat.

But none of the three of them would ever actually do something.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 11:09 am

All three can account for their whereabouts at the time of the fire

Greg was parked in a bus lane while running in to grab some Chilean sea bass, Marcos was enjoying an anonymous steam at the gym, and Steven was at the clinic getting rid of some very persistent genital warts he picked up at last year's Burning Man.

Posted by Snoozers on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

I'm so glad they all have totally credible alibis.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

:-)

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

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