San Francisco suspicious fire 1/1/2012 on 1300 Masonic block leads to evacuations

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A three-alarm fire on the 1300 block of Masonic Avenue in San Francisco’s Ashbury Heights district caught several residents by surprise at approximately 8:10 pm of January 1st. The fire was officially controlled less than an hour later at 9:05 pm.

The fire has displaced ten residents and was located at 1357 and 1359 Masonic. One person was treated at the scene for shortness of breath and another was taken to Davies Medical Center according to Sergeant Daryl Fong of the San Francisco Police Department.

Accounts of the initial report appear to be varying with some members of the SFFD claiming a woman called and screamed hysterically while others say an elderly man called.

Masonic avenue was blocked from Waller street to Frederick and several residents were growing angry at police because they were not allowed to return to their homes. One man who rented a garage on the Masonic/Frederick intersection was unable to park his vehicle. “The fire is 2 blocks away and they immediately wanted to start checking my wife’s I.D. knowing full well they weren’t allowing anyone onto Frederick” he added. Another resident on his motorcycle was angry because he could not return to his apartment on Frederick and also noted that the fire was 2 blocks away.

The fire is being treated as a crime scene until investigators determine otherwise.

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