A fire engulfed a warehouse at Pier 45 on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf early Saturday. Tourists, residents and swimmers were asked to stay away from the area.
It was seen from other parts of the Bay Area. The big fire was threatening to spread to the historic O'Brien ship from World War II-era, a popular tourist attraction. "Our firefighters absolutely saved the SS Jeremiah O'Brien during this fire as flames were pinching on the side of this vessel," said San Francisco Fire Lt. Jonathan Baxter. The warehouse at Pier 45 was a "total loss.” It holded fish processing equipment and a few offices, and typically was unoccupied at night. Fish from Fisherman's Wharf was shipped state and nationwide. 150 firefighters and 50 fire apparatus responded to the scene. One of them was injured and transported to a hospital.
Three businesses were affected by the fire, including offices for the Blue and Gold Fleet, Red and White Fleet and the Jeremiah O'Brien fleet. A seafood distributor at Pier 45 said on Instagram Saturday morning that the fire has caused about $15,000 in damage. An investigation will determine the cause of the blaze.