Monday, February 21, 2005

Fire In Nob Hill Early This Morning...No One Injured

LIVE FROM NOB HILL--The phone rang at 3:30 this morning. I woke up with a start and thought about our kids. But it was The Artist Ken Saville. "Look out your window!" The whole intersection was filled with firetrucks. I threw on my clothes, grabbed my camera, and went out to survey the action.

The house on the southwest corner of Lead and Tulane was on fire. There were 8 or 9 fire and rescue vehicles lined up from the top of the hill down to Tulane and around the corner. Firefighters were everywhere. You could hear radios, pumps, compressors, water. There was the pulsing of warning lights...the darkness beyond.

Two young ladies, Stephanie and Thea, were huddled on the curb about 30 yards up from the corner. They were holding two puppies under their jackets. They lived in the separate apartment behind the house. The fireman awoke them with a knock on the door and warned them to get out. I do not know who reported the blaze. Ken said that when he first came outside there were flames coming from the top of the building.

The fire was apparently caused by the cleaning woman leaving materials on top of the grate of the floor furnace earlier in the day.

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