Update 11:13 a.m. KQED’s Kelly Wilkinson talked to Fire Department Spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge, who said the early-morning blaze in the Castro was not arson, but an accident caused by stained rags that ignited.

Talmadge said the four previous fires in the Castro from last week are still being investigated under suspicion of arson.

Police now say a house fire near the Castro district early Monday morning was an accident, and not arson.

The fire was reported just after 3 a.m. at 1370 Clayton St., located just up the hill from the Castro district, according to a fire dispatcher. The flames were under control about 45 minutes later.

Earlier posts:

Update 9:24 a.m. From California Beat:

San Francisco Fire investigators said they did not know what ignited a two-alarm apartment fire in the city’s Lower Twin Peaks neighborhood early Monday morning and were not able to determine whether the blaze was connected to a string of suspected arson fires that occurred in the Castro District last week.

Report and video from KTVU:

San Francisco arson investigators were at the scene of a two-alarm fire near the Castro District, looking into its cause after it was extinguished Monday morning due to four arson-fires being reported the week before in the same neighborhood. The fire started just after 3 a.m. at a two unit building on Corbett near Clayton St, reportedly on a recently constructed deck…

At least six residents were evacuated from the house, but a San Francisco dispatcher said that no injuries had been reported.

KGO has a report on the suspicions of arson surrounding the blazes:

Today’s Castro Fire Wasn’t Arson, Fire Dept Says 7 February,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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