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Fueled by winds, San Francisco fire creates huge smoke plume

December 22, 2011 |  2:25 pm

Photo: A man looks through a camera while sitting on a roof across the street from an apartment fire in the Western Addition area in San Francisco on Thursday. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated PressA fire burning in San Francisco's Western Addition on Thursday was being fueled by 20 mph wind gusts, and smoke could be seen from across the city.

Live video from several Bay Area TV stations showed smoke wafting through parts of the city as firefighters struggled to control the blaze.

At least two people have been injured, San Francisco Fire Department Capt. Jeanne Seyler said. One civilian was taken to the hospital due to smoke inhalation and a firefighter was treated for burns  on the neck. Neither person's injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

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One four-story apartment building on Golden Gate Avenue and Pierce Street remained fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters who were battling a blaze in the roof and top floor of a second building had to be evacuated as the roof began to collapse, Seyler said.

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Photo: A man looks through a camera while sitting on a roof across the street from an apartment fire in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco on Thursday. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

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