Burned Mission Bay building owned by SF company


A San Francisco-based property development company confirmed Tuesday night that one of its buildings under construction was damaged in a massive blaze in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood Tuesday.


BRE Properties, which focuses on development, acquisition and management of apartment communities in California and Seattle, said the fire occurred at Block 5 of its MB360 development project, located on the west side of Fourth Street between China Basin and Mission Rock streets.

The five-alarm fire was reported at 4:56 p.m. and left one firefighter with a minor burn, a fire dispatcher said.

The firefighter was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. No other injuries were reported.

Around 150 firefighters aggressively attacked the flames for several hours, keeping the blaze from spreading to other buildings.

The fire wasn’t declared under control as of 10 p.m. but a dispatcher said firefighters had a handle on the flames.

“It’s not going anywhere,” the dispatcher said.

According to San Francisco police Sgt. Eric O’Neal, the entire east side of Fourth Street between Mission Rock and China Basin streets was evacuated, including the Strata at Mission Bay apartments.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist residents displaced by the fire. A Red Cross employee said there were reports of heat damage and that windows were broken at the Strata.

In a statement from BRE Properties, the company said the structure that burned contains 172 units under construction.

The company’s Block 11 site, which is also part of the MB360 development and contains 188 units under construction, was not affected by the fire.

“We are currently assessing the situation, including the cause of the fire, and we will be consulting with the appropriate authorities,” the company said in the statement.

BRE Properties said the company has comprehensive insurance coverage for events such as the fire, and believe any losses to the company caused by the fire will be covered by insurance.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement he’s grateful to the firefighters who battled the Mission Bay blaze and that no one suffered serious injuries.

“Thanks to the leadership and determined action of our Fire Department, the very real potential of severe damage to other homes, businesses, and structures in the neighborhood was avoided,” Lee said in the statement.

Lee also encouraged property owners and landlords to help those displaced in finding temporary housing if needed.

The Salvation Army has also reached out tonight to help those affected by the fire.

A disaster services canteen, which includes a mobile kitchen about the size of a parcel deliver truck, has been stationed near AT&T Park to serve an estimated 100 firefighters, police officers and other volunteers working to extinguish the fire.

A second Salvation Army canteen has been placed at Pier 54 to serve another 20 volunteers, as well as about 30 residents who remained evacuated from nearby buildings.

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