Traffic moves as smoke from the fire rises above San
Francisco. REUTERS/Josh Edelson
A partly-built high-rise tower in San Francisco whose
upper floors collapsed in a major fire was in danger of
collapsing further, and a nearby apartment building remained
evacuated, a fire official said.
A five-alarm blaze that may have been caused by a welding
mishap broke out late on Tuesday (local time) at the MB360
apartment complex under construction in the Mission Bay
district, said San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman
The tower that burned in the two-building, partly built
complex had previously stood eight or nine stories tall and
was reduced to four stories in the fire, Talmadge said.
"The good thing is that it collapsed in on itself" instead of
toward the street, she said.
But 30 apartments in a building across the street had to be
evacuated, after heat from the fire blew out that structure's
windows and smoke set off its sprinkler system, she said.
Those residents were still not allowed to return home on
Wednesday morning, she said. Authorities have set up a
perimeter around the burned high-rise tower because of the
risk of further collapse, and the structure is a total loss,
About 150 firefighters were deployed against the flames, and
hot spots still remained at the site on Wednesday morning.
When construction began last year on the MB360 project, which
was to contain 360 residential units in all, the estimated
development cost was pegged at $227 million, the San
Francisco Chronicle reported.