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Five-alarm fire consumes San Francisco apartment complex

 

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A man looks through a camera while sitting on a roof across the street from an apartment fire in the Western Addition area in San Francisco, Dec. 22, 2011. A large fire pushed by strong winds has engulfed at least three buildings near San Francisco's historic Alamo Square. A pillar of thick smoke is rising into the sky over the neighborhood more than an hour after the blaze started just before noon Thursday. The five alarm blaze brought at least 120 firefighters to battle the flames at two apartment buildings and at least one other structure.

NBCBayArea.com reports:

Firefighters appear to be gaining the upper hand on a massive five-alarm blaze in San Francisco that left three people injured Thursday.

Heavy thick smoke billowed from the city's Western Addition neighborhood as about 140 firefighters responded to a four-story apartment complex engulfed in flames. The fire was reported at 11:53 a.m. at an apartment complex at 1502 Golden Gate Avenue, near the intersection of Turk and Pierce Street.

 

Jeff Chiu / AP

San Francisco firefighters climb down from a ladder at an apartment fire in the Western Addition area of San Francisco, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011.

Jeff Chiu / AP

A San Francisco Firefighter hoses water at an apartment fire in the Western Addition area in San Francisco, Dec. 22, 2011.

Fire crews in San Francisco, Calif., respond to an immense blaze at an apartment complex on Thursday afternoon. Msnbc.com's Al Stirrett reports.