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Five-alarm, multiple-building fire prompts SoMa evacuations, street closures

A five-alarm fire is burning multiple buildings in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood Tuesday morning, fire officials said.

The fire department wrote on Twitter shortly before 7 a.m. about the blaze in the area of Folsom and 13th streets, then said about 15 minutes later that the fire response had been upgraded from two to five alarms. The incident address was later changed to 13th Street and S Van Ness Avenue.

CItizen Heavy smoke can be seen from a five-alarm fire burning multiple buildings in San Francisco, Calif.’s South of Market neighborhood on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Police evacuated homes nearby on 14th Street and assistance was requested from PG&E to shut down power.

Police shut down all nearby highway onramps and traffic on Mission Street in the area around 8:30 a.m. Fire officials said multiple residents have been displaced — they were first instructed to meet police near Natoma and 14th streets for safe shelter.

Red Cross has since staged displacement assistance efforts in a parking lot at 1745 Folsom Street.

Citizen San Francisco, Calif. fire personnel work to extinguish a five-alarm fire that burned multiple buildings in the San Francisco, Calif. South of Market neighborhood on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Fire spokesman Lt. Jonathan Baxter said the fire was reported in a commercial structure and that about 150 firefighters have responded to the scene. No injuries have been reported.

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