Fire rips through San Francisco's famed Fisherman's Wharf

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 23, 2020

Firefighters were able to save a historic warship after a massive fire ripped through a warehouse at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco on Saturday morning. All of Pier 45 has been evacuated and the fire is no longer at risk of spreading, per officials.

As of 6:15 a.m., as Bay City News reports, crews were still putting out the fire at the warehouse, and plumes of smoke were visible across the Bay and downtown SF as the sun rose Saturday. The first fire truck to respond to the scene sustained some damage.

"When firefighters arrived, the flames were literally lapping over the Jeremiah O'Brien", said SFFD spokesman Jonathan Baxter to KPIX. Officials also reported that multiple walls of the original building have collapsed.

Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf is a historic attraction in San Francisco and home to the SS Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty and the USS Pampanito, both fully functional ships from World War II.

At least 130 firefighters have been dispatched to the scene, as well as fireboats and Coast Guard and Police Marine units to help monitor the water around the Pier, according to officials.

The fire was reported at about 4:30 a.m. at Pier 45 near Fisherman's Wharf
The fire was reported at about 4:30 a.m. at Pier 45 near Fisherman's Wharf

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the early morning blaze, is still unknown.

No other boats were damaged, officials said.

Baxter credited regular training drills for helping firefighters take quick action.

The cause of the fire has not yet been announced. "At this time we do not have any indication that is the case, but that is one of the main points our fire investigator will be looking at".

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