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Four-alarm fire at San Francisco's Pier 29 under investigation

June 21, 2012 |  9:46 am

San Francisco firefighters continued their investigation Thursday of a four-alarm blaze that tore through Pier 29 along the city's historic Embarcadero.

The fire broke out just before 2 p.m. Wednesday in an empty warehouse building under construction for next year's America's Cup yacht race, fire officials said. Firefighters managed to bring it under control about two hours later, but not before the blaze escalated to four alarms.

No injuries were reported. Officer Albie Esparza of the San Francisco Police Department told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that the fire didn't appear to be suspicious, he but said it was too early to tell how it started.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White told the Chronicle that three-quarters of the building's front section was destroyed, but crews kept the blaze from reaching any adjacent structures at the foot of Telegraph Hill.

With area streets were blocked off, gawking pedestrians watched as the massive "Pier 29" sign hanging over the arched entrance crashed to the ground, the Chronicle reported.

In a statement Wednesday, organizers of the America's Cup said they "do not anticipate" that the fire will change their plans for the site. The pier is still under the control of the city and Port of San Francisco, not the America's Cup, they said.

America's Cup officials plan to convert the warehouse space to an area for spectators at the yacht race.


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